When Ennio Morricone makes his Hollywood Bowl debut entitled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Sunday October 25, 2009 conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the world-renowned composer will also debut a new piece he commissioned specifically to commemorate the event.
Andrea Morricone (http://www.andreamorricone.it), son of Ennio Morricone has composed “Adesso For Strings”, a six-minute piece that will be among many scores from the elder Morricone’s performance at the Hollywood Bowl. This rare live event is the first live familial musical collaboration between the Morricones. Their professional career began in 1988 when both their music appeared in the classic film Cinema Paradiso. Andrea Morricone wrote “Love Theme” for Cinema Paradiso for which he won England’s BAFTA award while Ennio Morricone scored the film.
“For anyone to have the opportunity to score a piece of music commissioned by Ennio Morricone is obviously an honor and unique pleasure,” said Composer Andrea Morricone. “What makes this special for me is that my father has never conducted in Los Angeles, the home of American film, and it is truly an honor just being a part of this historic event. We first were able to collaborate together on the film Cinema Paradiso more than twenty years ago. It will be a thrill for both of us to hear my music conducted by my father for the very first time next month.”
Andrea Morricone is one of Italy’s most prominent composers and has become an established global presence in film and concert music. His film soundtracks include the Oscar-nominated and 2003 Sundance Festival winning documentary Capturing The Friedman’s, Barry Levinson’s Liberty Heights, as well as Here on Earth, Due Amici, Raul, Funny Money, The Inquiry, and the documentaries Brando and Huxley on Huxley.
Andrea Morricone began his musical studies under the guidance of his father, the composer Ennio Morricone, who won an Honorary Academy Awarded in 2007. Â Andrea received a Baccalaureate and Master's degrees in composition from Rome’s Accademia di Santa Cecilia. He was awarded a diploma in conducting as a student of Bruno Aprea; Orchestras he has conducted include the Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta, Milan’s Guido Cantelli Orchestra, Bulgaria’s Symphony Orchestra of Sofia, Hungary’s Budapest Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Spain’s Bilbao Symphony and Orchestra, and The Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) Rep. Ceca, Youth Symphonic Orchestra Simon Boliva (Venezuela). Exceptional moments in Andrea's career include: conducting Yo-Yo Ma and the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, winning the Globo D'Oro in 2005 awarded by the Association of International Press and having contemporary pop artist Sting record one of his songs.
While still working part-time in Rome, Andrea Morricone and his wife, actress Alessia Albani, moved to Los Angeles, California in 2003. He has moved into a production suite at the world famous Village Recorder in West Los Angeles where he composes music.