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David Cerquetti was born in Italy where he spent his childhood studying piano and composition, orchestration and film scoring at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan with professors Marco Tutino and Paolo Tortiglione.
In 2020 he specialized in contemporary composition at the Chigiana Music Academy in Siena receiving great appreciation from professor Salvatore Sciarrino, one of the best-known and most performed contemporary Italian composers. 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.
In 2021 he studied orchestation and film scoring at the Film Scoring Academy of Europe with Norman Ludwin, Hollywood orchestrator for Michael Giacchino, and with Andy Hill, Former Vice President of Music Production at Disney.
In 2022 he was awarded with the GEMS Composer Scholarship Award for attending the GEMS Film Scoring Program in Spain where he could study under the guidance of composers Christopher Young and Garry Schyman.
David's work includes soundtracks for short movies, videogames and commercials, ballets and theatrical performances. In 2021 he signed his first contract for writing additional music in a thriller feature film: “Hunting Ava Bravo”, starring Kate Del Castillo.
Since established himself as a composer in Italy, David has collaborated with filmmakers and choreographers on a number of projects and continues to receive commissions for his music. He also won several international composition competitions and he was identified as a great international talent. In 2020 he received four film festival nominations in New York, Berlin, Venice and Florence and in 2021, he won the best composer category at the Toronto Film Channel Awards for the best original score for a short movie.
From 2019 he has a solid concert activity throughout Italy. He collaborated for RAI (Italian Television) and wrote music for more than 50 concerts. He performed many times for Milano
Classica, sharing the stage with composer Remo Anzovino and he composed music for renowned ensembles such as the Prometeo String Quartet, the Ex Novo Ensemble, the MDI Ensemble and ClassicaViva Orchestra. In 2022 David debuted as a conductor in a concert featuring his music with a 48-piece symphony orchestra.
Finally, in 2022 David became teaching-assistant at the Film Scoring Intensive Summer Program organized by the prestigious Chigiana Music Academy in Italy, where he assisted composers Lawrence Shragge, Patrick Kirst, orchestrator Pete Anthony and Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami.
Currently David Cerquetti works in the film industry as a composer for soundtracks.
Graduation – Summer Program
Film Scoring Academy of Europe 2021
At the end of the course Cerquetti received great appreciation from Andy Hill, Former Vice President of Music Production at Disney and Norman Ludwin, Hollywood orchestrator for Michael Giacchino.
HOPE - Awards and nominations BEST COMPOSER
Awards Winner – Toronto Film Channel Awards 2021
Finalist – Hollywood Gold Awards 2021
HOPE - Awards and nominations BEST MUSIC VIDEO
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.
Honorable Mention and Official Nomination – Oniros Film Awards
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 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 engineer