He started to compose soundtracks for Japanese movies, then for Italian and, more recently, for Chinese ones, but he composes also for television commercials, and concerts.
Born in Alba 44 years ago, Gabriele Roberto graduated at the Conservatory of Alessandria and completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Composition at the Royal College of Music in London. His first work opportunity was the composition of the orchestral soundtrack for the Japanese movie “Memories of Matsuko” directed by Tetsuya Nakashima. The movie was unexpectedly successful and with it Roberto won the 2007 Japan Academy Prize – the first Italian to win one. For the following five years, he worked mostly in the Japanese cinema industry: from romantic comedies to movies with animation inserts for children, and “supernatural” crime series. Recently, he made a soundtrack for his first samurai film.
In the past six years Roberto has also been working for the Italian cinema industry.
The first Italian movie he composed for was Lucio Pellegrini’s “The Perfect Life” and about it Roberto said: “Having worked only for Japanese movies, it was a great joy.” In Japan, everything is very organized but more formal, he says: “It’s an industry: the exchanges between departments are always very structured. In Italy, the directors I worked with became friends: the job is carried out side by side with the director. From a human point of view, working in Italy gives me something more.”
Roberto wrote also a new version of Andrea Bocelli’s song “Con te partirò”, and the original music for the upcoming movie on Bocelli’s life, “The Music of Silence” by Michael Radford.
Ilona Catani Scarlett