Experienced, fast, reliable, hard-working and smile-on-guy, Federico Solazzo is an Italian music composer for film, TV and games based in The Netherlands.
Federico's recent work includes the animation film It's nice in here (95th Academy Awards Shortlisted and best original composition Buma Music in Media Award 2023), the Apple TV+ Series Drops of God, the feature film De Oost (The East, Amazon Original), the documentary Il cercatore d'infinito (LTG award at the 77º Venice Film Festival) and the TV series Mocro Maffia (Golden Calf winner).
In the advertisement world, Federico is working with several US / UK / FR / NL based agencies, with his bespoke music airing on worldwide TV campaigns for brands such as Disney, Samsung, Heineken and Coca-Cola.
Since 2019 Federico has been collaborating with the great composer René Merkelbach (Efteling) on several projects, working on international TV series, theater shows and immersive projects (like Tutankamon, winner of 2x Golden Telly and 1x Silver Telly Awards) with the privilege of recording with the fantastic players of the Metropole Orkest.
Aside from commissioned work, in 2021 he started TIDES, his cinematic solo project: an open music diary featuring prestigious orchestras (Kiev Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Film Orchestra, Prague Metropolitan Orchestra and Dutch String Collective) recorded in lovely places like Morricone's Forum Studios in Rome.
On the rhythmic lollipop side of things, he's collaborating with the great Amsterdam producer Glimlip with the alias Freddie Kane.
After an extensive classical and jazz training in Italy, he studied at the Institute of Sonology (Royal Conservatory of The Hague, NL). Afterwards, he studied orchestration with Los Angeles composer and conductor Charles Fernandez (Disney, Dreamworks) and received a Master’s degree in Professional Media Composition with distinction from the University of Chichester (UK).
Federico developed strong teamwork and problem-solving skills during a decade-long career as musical director, arranger, producer, mixer and keyboard player. He also worked as a synth programmer for world-class companies such as Nord Keyboards (Stockholm, S) and NonLinear Labs (Berlin, D) and performed in prestigious venues such as San Siro stadium (Milan, IT), Blue Note jazz club (Milan, IT), SXSW 2016 (Austin, US), Ushuaia (Ibiza, ES) and 2008 Olympic Games (Beijing, CN).
"I have worked with Federico on a number of occasions, the first one I remember being for a Jewelry commercial almost 7 years ago. His creative understanding of the project was impressive. Federico is able to translate keywords, ideas and sometimes even feelings in sounds and compositions that are usually perfect on the first draft. When we brainstorm we talk about everything, but music technicalities. We talk about lighting, textures, smells and colours. It's not only a pleasure working with him as a professional since he is one of the most reliable professionals I know, but also as an artist."
Founder - Union & Partners (New York, USA)
"Federico is a musician gifted with rare pragmatism. What I felt as a big advantage while working with him is his brilliant way of balancing his organisation with the art of crafting sound worlds, and this happens without losing a single drop of creativity and without ceasing to inspire those who work with him."
Davide Antonio Pio
Writer and director (Milan, Italy)
"We have had the pleasure of working together with Federico on several projects. He has a high level of technical and musical knowledge, he is very dedicated and attentive and has always delivered work on time and of high quality."
Arne Barlindhaug Ellingsen
Marketing - Nord Keyboards (Stockholm, Sweden)