If we were to describe the characteristics of Renato Serio in two simple words, the most appropriate would probably be “polyhedric musician”: running down his biography is sufficient to discover his prominent presence - as orchestrator and as conductor - in numerous fields of music. His perception of music has always rejected barren obstacles amongst the genres: the personal mix of classic orchestration and more modern sounds is expressed in his highly appreciated and easily recognizing scoring. Obviously, the result is fruit of his extensive training: in fact R. Serio studied Piano, Composition, Orchestral Conducting, Organ and Electronic Music, at first in his hometown Lucca (Tuscany) and after in Milan, where his activities begin.
His career is scattered with outstanding events, among these the celebrated “Christmas in the Vatican Concert”, that sees him both arranger and conductor. Broadcast worldwide from the Nervi Hall on Christmas Eve, the concert welcomes artists from all over the world.
In the sixteen editions of the Concert, Renato Serio not only has conducted prestigious orchestras (Academy of Saint Cecilia, the symphony orchestras of Turin and Montecarlo, Sicilian Symphonic, Verona Arena Foundation, etc.), but has also scored the music performed by the participating artists; over one hundred stars of the international musical firmament: indubitably a primacy, at least in the Italian music panorama.
Among the most prestigious names, mention goes to Andrea Bocelli, Lionel Ritchie, B.B. King, Charlotte Church, Sarah Brightman, Ronan Keating, Tom Jones, Angelique Kidjo, Montserrat Caballé, Bryan Adams, Josh Groban, Simply Red, Loreena McKennitt, Corrs, Laura Pausini, Dionne Warwick, Lucio Dalla, Des’Ree, John Denver, Sarah McLachlan, DeeDee Bridgewater, Noa, Riccardo Cocciante, Maxim Vengerov, Manhattan Transfer, Michael Bolton, Massimo Ranieri, Raina Kabaivanska, Claudio Baglioni, Russell Watson, Randy Crawford, Giorgia, Gino Vannelli, Johnny Logan, Angelo Branduardi, Shola Ama, Dolores O’Riordan, Renato Zero, Mariana Nicolesco, Anggun, Elisa, Terence T. D’Arby, Sasha, Amii Stewart, Skin, Renata Scotto, Miriam Makeba... and others.
Another recurrent appointment in R.S’s activities is the annual Epiphany concert that RAI Uno broadcasts from Naples: in the eight editions seen so far R. Serio has orchestrated and conducted for Keith Emerson, Angelique Kidjo, Alan Parson, Solomon Burke, Jan Anderson (Jethro Tull) Dionne Warwick, Youssou N’Dur, Hevia, Andreas Wollenweider, Gary Brooker (Procol Harum), Filippa Giordano, Uri Caine, José Feliciano, Nate Janes, P.F.M. and others.
Of the concert/events, all of importance and artistic prominence and all broadcast by major television channels, we can mention: • concert held in St. Peter’s Square, in presence of Pope John Paul II, where Giorgia performed a version of Ave Maria composed and conducted by R.S. (RAI Uno) • with Andrea Bocelli, Renato Zero and Tosca, Quirinal Square (RAI Due) • with Katia Ricciarelli and Angelo Branduardi, Cathedral of Monreale (Rete 4) • elaboration and scoring of the Jubilee Hymn 2000, recorded by Andrea Bocelli with the
Academy of Saint Cecilia Orchestra and Choir (RAI Uno - Worldvision) • with Luciano Pavarotti and Renato Zero for “Pavarotti & Friends” (RAI Uno) • with Gianni Morandi, in presence of Pope John Paul II, at Bologna (RAI Uno) • in occasion of the ceremony for the opening of the Jubilee Year 2000, R.S. composed and Conducted the opening song, performed by the “European Union Youth Orchestra” and the “Millennium Choir” of Los Angeles (RAI Uno - Worldvision) • with Antonello Venditti, the Symphony Orchestra and Choir of Sòfia, in occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of Amnesty International (Canale 5) • with Angelo Branduardi, the Ljubiana Orchestra and the group “Finisterrae” at the Folk-Est Festival in Spilimbourg: elaborations on Renaissance music (RAI Tre) • with Renato Zero in Strasbourg (European Parliament) for the “Fonopoli Project” • with Montserrat Caballé, Katia Ricciarelli, Spagna in “A Pope named John” (Canale 5) • 14 concerts with Renato Zero, Carla Fracci, the Momix Ballet and symphony orchestra. • Nervi Hall, Vatican City, in occasion of the ceremony of the beatification of Father Orione, in presence of Pope John Paul II (RAI Uno - RAI International) • Circo Massimo, Rome, the “We are the Future” concert event, in which R. Serio sees the collaboration with Quincy Jones (promoter of the event) who grants him the conduction of various artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban e Alicia Keys (MTV International) •March 2005 and March 2006: the orchestral conduction of the annual “Sanremo Song Festival” (RAI Uno) • Asunçion: “Música vs. Hambre”, sponsored by the Presidency of the Republic of Paraguay
◊ DISCOGRAPHY ◊
Renato Serio has scored hundreds of songs for the major record companies and most representative artists: Mia Martini, Amedeo Minghi, Gianni Morandi, Anna Oxa, Amii Stewart, Mike Francis, Shirley Bassey, Nini Rosso and many others. Among the many works, worthy of note is the orchestration of the song “La Donna Cannone” sung by Francesco De Gregori, considered by the critics, still today, one of the most beautiful musical scores for strings in the Italian music scene.
The long activity with Renato Zero produced a number of successful recordings and concerts. Worthy of note is Andrea Bocelli’s album “Viaggio Italiano”, with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Choir, and which orchestration is still used in Bocelli’s concerts around the world with great conductors. For Angelo Branduardi, R. Serio elaborated two particular works: the first covers Thirteenth and Fourteenth Century troubadour themes; the second, music of the Renaissance.
May we also mention “Antonello nel Paese delle Meraviglie”, a symphonic re-elaboration of Antonello Venditti’s most popular songs; and finally, the scoring of Adriano Celentano’s three italian top selling recordings.
◊ TELEVISION ◊
In the double role as orchestrator and conductor, R. Serio has worked very much both in RAI and in Mediaset: just to mention the four now historic editions of “Fantastico”, in which Pippo Baudo, Adriano Celentano, Enrico Montesano, Johnny Dorelli and Raffaella Carrà were the hosts in successive years. Coming closer to our days, we recall the show “Tutti gli Zeri del Mondo” with Renato Zero and broadcast and repeated by Rai Uno many times for its elegance and artistic quality. It has already been mentioned the conduction of the last two editions of the Sanremo Song Festival: in the year 2005, hosted by Paolo Bonolis, that reached the highest peaks of rating in its history and in the year 2006 hosted by Giorgio Panariello, another successful edition.
◊ CINEMA ◊
Renato Serio has collaborated with great musicians, both italian and non: Riz Ortolani, Piero Piccioni, Carlo Rustichelli, George D. Weiss, Miklos Rozsa, Basil Pouledouris, George Garvarentz and, intensively, with Armando Trovajoli. He also scored the music for various soundtracks such as Jack Sholder’s “Alone in the Dark” and Pasquale Squitieri’s “Russicum” and “Gli Invisibili”.
◊ THEATRE ◊
R. Serio has worked on some of the most successful musicals of the “Sistina Theatre”, directed by Pietro Garinei. With Johnny Dorelli: “Aggiungi un posto a tavola”, “Accendiamo la lampada”, “Ma per fortuna c’è la musica”. With Enrico Montesano: “Bravo!”, “Se il tempo fosse un gambero” and “Beati voi”.
He also conducted the Italian version of “They’re playing our song” with Gigi Proietti and Loretta Goggi; “Barnum” with Massimo Ranieri and Ottavia Piccolo; “Romance, Romance” with Maurizio Micheli, directed by Luigi Squarzina.
Renato and Party Of The Century:
Renato Serio is definitely one of the world's most famous Orchestra conductors, composers and arrangers! Giorgio and Renato have been knowing each other for a long time since Renato is dear friend to the Aquilani family!
And it was during an occasional lunch together that Giorgio told Renato about the imminent start of Party Of The Century project, and that it would have been a total dream to involve Renato and a real orchestra in one of the tracks!
Renato immediately showed up his yes with a bright smile and a lot of enthusiasm! Giorgio gave him an old piece he wrote called Venice Night which is half insturmental and half sung... it was the chance to bring it to life with a real orchestration!
They booked the Orchestra in Sophia and the whole POTC gang flew there for the very special recording!
Renato didn't only appear on the Venice Night Track where he's the only one guest, he even arranged and conducted the orchestra in the cue of another track, Love After Love.
Renato Serio recorded their featuring on POTC by appearing on the tracks:
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