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David Cerquetti is an award-winning Los Angeles based composer for Film and Television.
Feature film credits as lead composer include “Hunting Ava Bravo”, which climbed Amazon Prime to be the #7 most streamed film in the world during the summer of 2022, and the upcoming Italian film "Buio Come il Cuore", directed by Marco De Luca and produced by Blue Films.
As an additional composer, he actively collaborated with Anna Drubich (composer of the Academy Award-winning documentary "Navalny") and Jongnic Bontemps ("Transformers: Rise of the Beasts"), he recently worked on the National Geographic documentary "The Space Race," which premiered at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival and he's currently co-scoring a new feature film with composer Anna Drubich.
As an orchestrator, he worked mainly in television with Italian composers Giuliano Taviani (winner of two David di Dontatello awards) and Carmelo Travia.
As an intern to Golden Globe & two-time Emmy nominated composer Christopher Young, he served as assistant composer on “Echo 3” (Apple Tv+ Show) and “Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities” (Netflx Show).
As a composer of contemporary classical music, his works have been performed by the RTVE Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, the ORT Orchestra della Toscana, the ClassicaViva Orchestra, the BNR Symphony Orchestra, the Ex Novo Ensemble, the Prometeo String Quartet and the MDI Ensemble. His immersive 3D spatialized music is also included in many VR Installations and recently received accomplishments at the Festival der Zukunft in Munich.
David is a graduate of the G. Verdi Conservatory in Italy where he graduated with full marks and highest honors. The thesis project focused on music aesthetic in animated movies. In 2023 he was accepted to the prestigious Screen Scoring Master's program at the University of Southern California. However, because of the expensive tuition, he regretfully turned down the admission and moved to Los Angeles to work.
David received the most prestigious award given by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana – the Diploma of Merit –, a special mention as “Most Remarkable Musician” in the class of composer Salvatore Sciarrino. He was later awarded a Certificate of Excellence for his teaching assistance to the Chigiana Film Scoring Intensive Program where he assisted composers Marco Beltrami, Lawrence Shragge, Patrick Kirst and orchestrator Pete Anthony.
USC Screen Scoring Program 2023
Master of Music. Letter of Admission
Certificate of Excellence - Chigiana Academy of Siena
David was hired as a teaching-assistant at the Film Scoring Intensive Summer Program in Siena. At the end of the program he received a Certificate of Excellence, having demonstrated
his desire to work with people, build friendships and develop a good working atmosphere by leading students to success.
Top 20 Finalist – Oticons Faculty Film Music Competition 2022
Top 20 Finalist among 147 participants from all over the World.
Best Original Score - Awards and nominations
Nominee - Int. Sound and Film Music Festival 2022
Award Winner - Los Angeles Cinematography Awards 2022
Nominee - Genesis International Film Festival 2022
Award Winner – Toronto Film Channel Awards 2021
Finalist – Hollywood Gold Awards 2021
Honorable Mention - Oniros Film Awards 2019
Best Music Video - Awards and nominations
Honorable Mention - Berlin Indie Film Festival 2020
Finalist - Venice Film Awards 2020
Finalist - Florence Film Awards 2020
Finalist - Oniros Film Awards New York 2020
Diploma of Merit - Chigiana Academy of Siena
David Cerquetti studied with Maestro Salvatore Sciarrino. At the end of the course Cerquetti obtained the diploma of merit and great appreciation, an honor awarded to a select few students throughout the history of the academy.
Composer in Residence – Milano Classica
Winner of the “Crossover Fridays” contest in collaboration with Sony Classical Italia. David was able to perform in concert with the pianist and composer Remo Anzovino.
Risorgimento Award - International Composition Competition “Carlo Sanvitale”
Best composition for String Quartet
Special Mention - International Composition Competition “Maurice Ravel”
"Composer much appreciated by the jury, considered one of
the best international talents of the competition. Excellent
attention to detail and correct notation in every part. The
composer has shown lots of creativity, with new musical ideas
and a high level of musical preparation.”
4th Prize – National Piano Competition “Maurice Ravel”
"I had the pleasure to work with David Cerquetti on my latest short movie project and I had nothing less than an extremely professional experience. I would recommend David as composer based on his exceptional skills, optimistic attitude and valuable dedication to his work.
This was surely the beginning of a long lasting working relationship."
Film and Tv Director
“I know David since a couple of years and I really appreciate his music. I had the possibility to listen to various compositions that he wrote for movies, video games and animations and I was always impressed with their high quality. He is a young but innovative, competent and motivated composer, able to work independently and to follow through to ensure the job is completed in time, in all aspects and with excellent quality. I recommend David without reservation.”
Videogame developper / Engineering lead
“It's rare to come across a so determined guy like David. I had the chance to play piano with him many times. Extremely passionate about film scoring, David is able to juggle multiple projects. He never stops exploring new ideas and thanks to his precision he never misses the target. Give him a shot, you will not regret it.”
Pianist / software engineering Manager