2012 Recipient – Instrumental Artist of the Year – 22nd Annual LA Music Awards
2012 Performer – 22nd Annual LA Music Awards
GABRIELE CIAMPI is an Italian composer and conductor currently based in Los Angeles. His music combines elements of post-minimalism and classicism while taking inspiration from the Russian romantic period. As a result, his compositions are interwoven with rich narrative, emotion, and simplicity.
Born and raised in Rome as the grandson of Mario Ciampi, the founder of renowned piano distributor and manufacturer Ciampi srl, Gabriele developed an early interest in classical as well as popular music; subsequently he studied it for over 10 years. However, he put music aside when he entered the family business to work in sales and management. After the brief hiatus, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his musical passions.
His musical education combines the best of European and American styles. He studied composition at the prestigious St. Cecilia Music Conservatory. In 2002, he received a B.A. in Italian Literature and Cinema from La Sapienza University in Rome. He continued his musical education and earned a Master’s in film criticism and film scoring under the guidance of prolific Italian film composer, Sergio Bassetti and was further trained in music composition under the tutelage of M°Stefano Cucci. He also attended the Film Scoring Certificate Program at UCLA where he studied composition and orchestration with Robert Dresnin.
Gabriele’s range of work has been covered in various media, concerts, and plays. He was involved with the Budapest Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Chamber Ensemble; some of his composing credits include “Christmas Dream” and “Soul Ethics,” which both received significant airplay on Italian radio and television. In cooperation with the Russian Ballet and Moscow Chamber Orchestra, he wrote and conducted music for an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” which was performed in Moscow in December 2012. It was showcased again in December 2013 at the prestigious Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.
Gabriele also composes music for films and advertising, having recently collaborated with Bruce Weber for a piece for the New York Times’s T magazine. Most recently, he composed the soundtrack for the 2012 feature film “Spinning Dry,” starring James Duval and Elena Krausz. In addition, Gabriele also composes for and conducts the CentOrchestra, an orchestra he founded based in Rome
He has been honored with many awards and accolades for his accomplishments. The Senate of the Italian Republic honored him with the Medal of “Italian Excellence” for achievements in original composition. The U.S. government also awarded him with a special visa for Extraordinary Ability. In addition, he was recognized as the 2012 LA Music Awards’ Instrumental Artist of the Year and endorsed by the Italian Consulate in Los Angeles. He was also selected by BMI as a Classical Composer. He has collaborated and performed alongside renowned artists such as White House pianist David Osbourne, who later played two of Gabriele’s piano compositions—”NEVE” and “Piano Concerto n.1”—for President Obama’s 2012 Christmas Concert. While in 2013, Ciampi conducted his latest concert “The Minimalist Evolution” in collaboration with pianist Fang-Ning Lim featuring the LA CentOrchestra.
He has recently been honored with the distinguished Award I PrimiDieci Under 40 2014 by the PrimiDieci Society and the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce in New York. PrimiDieci Society celebrates the extraordinary professional and personal success of the ten most distinguished individuals with Italian origins currently in the U.S and in selected other countries around the world.