Quentin Chiappetta enjoys an unusually broad career as a composer, sound designer, mixer and recording engineer. He received his formal training at the Eastman School of Music where he received a bachelor’s degree in composition. After moving to New York, Quentin quickly established himself as an innovative and versatile creative partner for a wide variety of artistic endeavors, from nationally syndicated television shows to musical works accompanying theatre and modern dance performances to a growing roster of independent films and documentaries.
In the Theatre world, Quentin has been nominated for the Drama Desk award for his sound work on 2012’s The Navigator. He was also nominated for a Lucille Lortel award for his work on the Broadway production of Irena’s Vow. He is also the recipient of two Innovative Theater Awards—one for music, one for sound design—for Dan Gordon’s off-Broadway drama, Murder in the First. He has written music and designed sound for plays by writers such as Joyce Carol Oates and David Drake and for companies such as the Director’s Company.
His music and sound work has been heard on the Discovery Channel, Bravo, the Sundance Channel, public television stations across the nation, and all the major networks. Recent television projects include scores for the A&E channel’s popular reality shows The First 48 and Detroit SWAT; the Discovery/Times’ Decoding Disaster, for which he created the opening theme music; and the PBS documentary Harold Weston: A Bigger Belief in Beauty, which is also part of the permanent collection of the Adirondack Museum in upstate New York. In 2012 Quentin was commissioned to compose a score for The Museum of Natural History in NYC to accompany video installations by Kevin Burget and Ken Burns celebrating the life of Theodore Roosevelt.
Quentin’s music and sound design have been heard in over 50 feature films at major film festivals, including Sundance, the Hamptons, Chicago, Toronto, Austin, South by Southwest, Silverdocs, Redbank, New Directors, Tribeca and Berlin. Recent accomplishments include the music, sound design and mix for Found In Time which won Best Feature at Shreikfest in Los Angeles in 2012 and the sound design and mix for 3 Backyards, which won the Best Director award at Sundance in 2010. He wrote the score, designed the sound, and prepared the final mix for Fall Before Paradise, a feature that was named Best Film at The Director’s View Film Festival. Quentin also wrote the score, created the soundscape, and prepared the final mix for Transit, a short that won the Audience Award in Provincetown, and was screened at over 50 festivals. His work has been heard at the Tribeca Film Festival in every season of the festival’s existence.
Quentin’s diverse career extends well beyond television, film and theatre. For the past 15 years, Quentin has been the primary engineer and sound designer for the artist Christian Marclay. Their relationship recently culminated with the premiere of Marclay’s ground-breaking 24 hour work, The Clock, for which the artist won Best Artist at last year’s Venice Biennale. Quentin is also creating a sound and music installation for the new BioMuseo in Panama slated to open in spring 2013. He also worked with the Spanish artist Elena Rivera on a multi channel sound and video installation for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that premiered at the International Center for Photography in 2011.
He has received commissions from many notable New York choreographers including Yvonne Rainer, Stephen Koplowitz and Mary Anthony. He created a soundscape collage to commemorate the re-opening of the New York Library of the Performing Arts in 2001, and he wrote a score to accompany Koplowitz’s Step Project – a work made for the grand staircases in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn seen by 16,000 people. Quentin is the recipient of multiple Meet the Composer grants as well as two American Music Center Commissions. He has been on the faculties of Marymount Manhattan College and the Martha Graham School.