Billboard Top-Ten artist Emmanuel Fratianni is a conductor, composer and pianist based in Santa Barbara, California. He is highly regarded as an invaluable team member in music direction for large symphonic multimedia productions and is known for his ability to manage the demands of film sync, musicians, choir, guest artists and audience rapport while never compromising the musical and artistic integrity of the orchestra or production.
Emmanuel Fratianni has conducted many prestigious American ensembles including the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Hall, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Baltimore Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and Utah Symphony Orchestra among others, including multi-platinum producer "David Foster and Friends " pops/symphonic concert program.
Emmanuel is since 2010 principal conductor of the acclaimed symphonic touring production "Video Games Live" and principal conductor of the Santa Barbara Chamber Players which first inaugural 2023 season included Dvorak Symphony n.7, Copland's Appalachian Spring, Elgar's Enigma Variations, Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Lalo Schifrin tuba concerto performed by Gene Pokorny, principal tuba of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Internationally, Emmanuel has guest conducted the Spanish National Symphony, Royal Scottish National Symphony, Czech National Symphony, Malaysian Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Chile and in Asia, the Beijing Opera and Performing Art Orchestra.
An award-winning composer and arranger his music for video games has been performed by some of the finest and most recorded orchestras in the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Emmanuel’s latest multimedia composition “Portale” for orchestra, children choir and international guest soloists was presented in June 2013 to the Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa during the official opening of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles Airport (LAX). The inaugural piece commissioned by Westfield Corporation was performed live inside the new terminal.
Emmanuel Fratianni’s debut on the Billboard Top-Ten in 2008 with EMI Classics Video Games Live, Vol.1 soundtrack album (as composer, orchestrator) cemented his status in the classical/crossover orchestral world. His awards and credits as a composer and collaborator include “Soundtrack of the Year” by Play Magazine for the score to Advent Rising, one GANG (Game Audio Network Guild) Award and five GANG Nominations.
A member of the multiple Emmy-nominated music team for the CBS drama JAG for 5 seasons, Emmanuel made a home for himself beginning in 2002 on the major scoring stages in Los Angeles with the Hollywood Scoring Orchestra and the finest scoring musicians in the world. This invaluable experience in television and film scoring sessions is what Emmanuel credits as formidable preparation for meeting the demands of touring symphonic production timelines and the essential needs of economy of preparation, management of the diversity of guest artist specialties, and expertise in the sheer variety of musical genres.
Emmanuel Fratianni is an Italian and US citizen, fluent in English, French, Italian and Irpinian dialect. He is an active guest lecturer in both American and European music institutions in the subjects of music composition for film and visual medias as well as multimedia music direction. He resides in Santa Barbara, California with his spouse, composer Laurie Robinson, and their 12 year-old son. Together they also maintain a home in Bisaccia located in the province of Avellino, Italy.
Born and raised in a large and lively Italian family on the shore of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, Emmanuel began his classical music studies at the age of 7 at the Montreux Conservatory. As a teen, he discovered the music of Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Miles Davis and began performing publicly with his quartet at age 14. A few years later Emmanuel was to debut on the outer stages of the famed Montreux Jazz Festival.
Strongly Influenced by the lyricism of his southern Italian roots and his classical training, Emmanuel’s prolific work as a composer was recognized at the young age of 28 when he was awarded Montreux’s most prestigious commission. The symphony in three movements for jazz quartet and large orchestra, “September Suite”, premiered at the Stravinsky Auditorium for the opening of the city's 1995 cultural season. The live recording marked the beginning of Emmanuel' s recording career, which he has continued in the US and abroad with releases on EMI classics, and video game scores on Nile Rogers Sumthing’ Else records, to name a few.
Musically restless after the “September Suite” success, Emmanuel's attention turned towards collaborating with film makers and visual artists when he eventually uprooted to Los Angeles in 1997. He continued his training at UCLA in post graduate studies and privately with critically acclaimed, multi-Emmy winning television composers Alf Clausen (of The Simpsons), Jay Chattaway (StarTrek) and Steve Bramson (JAG).