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 independent films and documentaries to musical works accompanying theater and modern dance performances.
Quentin’s music and sound design works have been heard in over 50 feature films at major film festivals, including Sundance, the Hamptons, Chicago, Toronto, Austin, South by Southwest, Silverdocs, Redbank, NewDirectors NY, Tribeca, and Berlin. Recent accomplishments include the music, sound design, and mix for Found In Time, which won Best Feature at Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, and Best Sci-Fi Feature at Shriekfest in Los Angeles; and the sound design and mix for 3 Backyards, which won the Best Director award at Sundance in 2010.
Quentin wrote the score, designed the sound, and prepared the final mix for the feature Fall Before Paradise, which 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 the short Transit, which won the Audience Award in Provincetown and has screened at over 50 festivals. His work has been heard at the Tribeca Film Festival every year since its inception.
His music and sound work have 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 A&E’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 part of the permanent collection of the Adirondack Museum in upstate New York.
In the theater world, Quentin has been nominated for a 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’s received 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 including Joyce Carol Oates and David Drake and for many companies from the Director’s Company to the Workshop Theatre.
In 2012, Quentin composed the score for the Museum of Natural History’s video installations by Kevin Burget and Ken Burns celebrating the life of Theodore Roosevelt.
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 groundbreaking 24-hour work, The Clock, for which Marclay won Best Artist at the Venice Biennale. Quentin created a sound/music installation for the new BioMuseo in Panama, which opened in spring 2013. He also worked with artist Elena Rivera on a multi-channel sound/video installation for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that premiered at the International Center for Photography.
Quentin 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. He also 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 taught at Marymount Manhattan College and at the Martha Graham School.