«In Italy, the cradle of music, musical illiteracy is a widespread problem», tells us Nicola Piovani, Italian composer and musician who achieved international fame by winning the Oscar for the soundtrack of Life is Beautiful. According to Piovani we should teach kids how to hear good music, before teaching them how to play it. He tells us about how his passion for music started, about the crucial people he met during his career, about luck and about dangerous music: «Music is dangerous because - like all beautiful things - it shocks you, it changes you."

Nicola Piovani is one of the most important and internationally known Italian musicians and composers. Best known as author of soundtracks, he has worked with some of the greatest Italian directors, such as Bellocchio, Fellini and Mario Monicelli. In his career Nicola Piovani has received numerous awards including an Academy Award, three David di Donatello awards, four Nastri d’Argento (Silver Ribbons), two Golden Ciaks. In 2008 the French Minister of Culture named him Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
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