My name is Tommaso Chieco and I’m a composer. I’m Master of Arts in composition for screen, graduated in Rome with Antonio di Pofi. It has always been my ambition to compose music for screen as I love writing music to describe images.At the beginning of my academic career, I studied all the most famous classical music composers, but at the same time I maintained my interest in contemporary music. I listened to (and studied) a lot of compositions by well-known Italian and foreign composers (e.g. Berio, Nono, Maderna, Petrassi, Schoenberg, Cage).I liked them but I felt that I wanted to write music in a different way with a different style, so little by little I discovered my interest for music for screen.
At the Conservatoire in Florence I studied many aspects of music such as counterpoint, harmony, orchestration and composition with Rosario Mirigliano. Gradually I learned to combine images and composition, composing some work with teachers and colleagues. On two occasions, I was able to work for the “Musica per Roma” foundation as Stage Assistant and Music Adviser for the “The witches of Venice” opera, composed by Philip Glass, firstly in Rome at the “Parco della Musica Auditorium” and afterwards in Ravenna. Later I met a lot of young directors and participated in a lot of workshops organised by Conservatoires and some cinema schools in Rome. In September 2011, the “Cinema per Roma” foundation gave me the possibility of taking part in the “Ncn Lab”,where I met Andrea Guerra (a famous Italian composer). In February 2012, I worked on a short film produced by the “Scuola Romana di Cinema”. In March 2012, I took part in the “48h Go Green – International film competition”, winning the People’s Choice Award. In September 2012, I worked as an Orchestral Assistant for the “Roma Sinfonietta” foundation where I met Ennio Morricone (the Honorary Oscar-winning Italian composer).
Since 2012 I have been assisting Umberto Scipione as a Scores Adviser, for the films “Il principe abusivo”, produced by RAI cinema and Cattleya, and “Un boss in salotto” (shortly to be released in Italian cinemas), “Sotto una buona stella” directed by Carlo Verdone and the last Alessandro Siani’s Film “Si accettano miracoli”.I have also been working at the Vatican Television Centre as Music Adviser for concerts and cameraman since September 2011. In all these jobs I have enjoyed working in a team, gaining valuable experience and developing my individual talent.
Moreover, a documentary with my music (“Sotto gli 8 minuti”) has been broadcast on a national network since last December (automotoTV, channel 148 SKY TV).
In september 2016 an arrangement of “the Barber of Seville” named “Figaro Opera Camion” written by Tommaso, was produced and performed by Teatro dell’opera di Roma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo.