Giovanni Scapecchi (born on December 3, 1977 in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy) began the musical studies of piano and then continued those of organ, improvisation and organ composition with Wijnand van de Pol, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Liuwe Tamminga, Jósef Serafin, Julian Gembalski, Franco Paturzo, Franco Pacioselli and in 2001 he took a degree with full marks at the State Conservatory of Music in Perugia.
From several years his music interest turned mainly to the composition. In 2005 he got a full marked degree in composition at the Music Conservatory of Perugia. Then, in 2007, he also got a specialization degree in composition studies of the St. Cecilia National Academy in Rome under the guidance of Azio Corghi. In 2008 he graduated in Composition and applied Music with full marks and honours and in 2009 he got the Music Teaching qualification. He has attended master classes in composition with Stefano Gervasoni, Giacomo Manzoni and Hubert Stuppner. He also followed the composition courses at the Chigiana Academy of Siena with Azio Corghi and Mauro Bonifacio and those of film music and cinematography with Nicola Piovani, Luis Bacalov, Emidio Greco, Andrea and Antonio Frazzi.
Large prizes and rewiews he received: Rome Rotary Award, Dyplom Miedzynarodowy Festival Organowy Mlodych (Poland), two grants from the Chigiana Academy of Siena, 3rd Prize of the International Composition Award “A. Manoni” (2003 Senigallia), “Primesecuzioni” Prize of the Composition Contest “V Rassegna Primesecuzioni” (2003 Rome); 1st Prize of the “5th Euritmia International Composition Award” (2004 Udine); 2nd Prize of the “5th Euritmia International Composition Award” (2004 Udine); 2nd Prize of the “9th Rotary Music Award” (2005 Rome); Mention of the “5th Euritmia International Composition Award” (2004 Udine); Mention of the “Composer Award of Wolkersdorf” (2003 Wolkersdorf, Austria); Mention of the “Rarescale Alto Flute Composition Competition” (2004 London); Finalist of the 3rd International Composition Award “C.A. Seghizzi” (2005 Gorizia); Finalist of the 8th International Composition Award “Franco Evangelisti” (2005 Rome); Public Prize of the International Alkmaar Call for Scores (2006 Alkmaar, Netherlands); Finalist of the Fourth International Choral Composition Competition City of Hasselt (2006 Belgium); 3rd Prize for all categories of the International Composition Award “Premio Valentino Bucchi 2006″ (2006 Rome); 1st Prize of the “8th Euritmia International Composition Award” (2007 Udine); Mention of the Italian Shipping Academy Anthemn Composition Award (2008 Genove); 2nd Prize of the “Choral Composition Competition” (2008 Salerno); Mention of the “New York City Horror Film Festival” (2008 New York); Finalist of the 11th International Composition Award “Franco Evangelisti” (2008 Rome).
From July 2014 he joined the Corte Tripoli Cinematografica as honorary member.
Some of his compositions and educational works have been published by Carrara Edizioni, Animando, Eurarte and Wicky Music Publisher.
His works have been performed in festivals and international concerts series and broadcasted by National televisions, both in Italy than abroad, Teatro Morlacchi (1999 Perugia); XI Rassegna Scholae Cantorum (1999 Arezzo); XIX Preggio Music Festival (2001); XXVI Festival Internazionale Città di Arezzo (2001); Accademia Musicale Chigiana (2003, 2004, 2005 Siena); Festival di Musica Contemporanea “Finestre sul Novecento” (2004 Treviso); Rarescale Premiere Series (2004 London); XXIX Festival Internazionale Città di Arezzo (2004); Auditorium Università Cattolica (2004 Rome); Univercity (2005 Perugia); Auditorium Parco della Musica (2005 Rome); Association des concerts de Saint-François (2005 Lausanne, Switzerland); 42nd Festival Nuova Consonanza (2005 Rome); Stichting Vrienden van het Orgel (2006 Alkmaar, Netherlands); Radio RAI 1 (2008, 2015 Rome); Sagra Musicale Umbra (2008 Perugia); RAI TRE (2010); CANALE 5 (2010); ITALIA 1 (2010); XX Stagione Concertistica Conservatorio di Reggio Calabria (2010); Festival De Cannes (2010); Festival 5 Giornate di Milano (2011); Compositori a Confronto 2011 (2011 Reggio Emilia); SKY (2011); 68th Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica (2011 Venice); P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory (2011 Moscow, Russia); Contemporary Music Festival (2011 Perm, Russia); Università di Klapeida (2011 Lituania); Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “A. Peri” (2011 Reggio Emilia); Università per Stranieri (2012 Perugia); Conservatorio Morlacchi (2012 Perugia); Teatro dal Verme (2011, 2014 Milano) RAI TRE, La grande storia (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015); Industrie und Handelskammer (2012 Potsdam, Germania); Conservatorio Kauno Juozo Gruodžio (2012 Kaunas, Lituania); 68 Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica (2011 Venezia); Auditorium Marianum (2013 Perugia); Teatro Lope de Vega (2013, Siviglia); XXIV Stagione Concertistica Conservatorio di Reggio Calabria (2014 Reggio Calabria); Musiche in mostra XXIX edizione (2014, Genova); Rebus (2014, Milano); Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival (2014, Montreal); SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema! (2014 Barcellona); Anfiteatro Rotondo Luoghi PII (2014, Palata – CB); Università Mediterranea (2014 Reggio Calabria); 34 FantaFestival (2014, Roma); Istituto di Cultura Italiano di Stoccarda (2015, Stoccarda), Festival delle Nazioni, 49th Edition, Tribute to France (2016, Città di Castello).
In 2004 he was awarded with a Honour Degree by the Chigiana Academy of Siena.
He was selected for the “De Musica” project of Nuova Consonanza as a student at the composition course given by Brice Pauset and Joshua Fineberg in Rome, by the Cortona Contemporary Music Festival in cooperation with the University of Kansas (USA) and by The Venice Biennale for the masterclass of composition during the 51st International Festival of Contemporary Music.
Recently he wrote the opening theme and musics for the Brazil World Cup live daily broadcast on Radio Rai 1 and for the programmes “A ritmo di goal” and “Diario azzurro”.
He realized also the opening theme and the soundtracks for the commemorative collection The Great War and Second World War, commented by Carlo Lucarelli and presented by historian Paolo Mieli. Both of them are produced by Rai Storia and Rai Eri in collaboration with Il Corriere della Sera and La Gazzetta dello Sport.
For Rai Storia he also composed the opening theme of the program Gli Archivi del 900, a section documentary hosted by Paolo Mieli and belong to the programme Correva l’anno.
Spanish Royal Foundation “Atarazanas” based in Seville designates Giovanni Scapecchi to compose a musical work, Magallanes, on a libretto written by José Manuel Núñez De La Fuente. The project that aims to celebrate the circumnavigation of the globe by Magellan involves the cities belonging to the Magellan network. The Opera will be premiered in October 2017 and it will be made into an international production film. The work was also presented to the Holy Father and received his appreciation as Magellan made the first ecumenical journey in the history of the Catholic Church.
From 2008 to 2014 he taught Score Reading at the “Francesco Cilea” Conservatory of Music in Reggio Calabria, from 2014 to 2018 he was at the “Antonio Buzzolla” Conservatory of Adria and from 2018 to 2021 at the “Bruno Maderna” Conservatory of Music of Cesena. Since the academic year 2021/2022 he’s been teaching Score Reading at the “Francesco Morlacchi” Conservatory of Music in Perugia where he also holds the position of Erasmus Coordinator.