Boris Claudio “Lalo” Schifrin (born June 21, 1932) is an Argentine-American pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. He is best known for his large body of film and TV scores since the 1950s, incorporating jazz and Latin American musical elements alongside traditional orchestrations. He is a five-time Grammy Award winner, and has been nominated for six Academy Awards and four Emmy Awards.
Schifrin’s best known compositions include the “Theme from Mission: Impossible“, and the scores to Cool Hand Luke (1967), Bullitt (1968), THX 1138 (1971), Enter the Dragon (1973), The Four Musketeers (1974), Voyage of the Damned (1976), The Amityville Horror (1979), and the Rush Hour trilogy (1998-2007). Schifrin is also noted for his collaborations with Clint Eastwood from the late 1960s to the 1980s, particularly the Dirty Harry series of films.
In 2019, he received an Honorary Oscar “in recognition of his unique musical style, compositional integrity and influential contributions to the art of film scoring.”
Giovanni Cirfiera is an Italian film and television actor, originally from Puglia. He is known for playing Santo Versace in the 2018 miniseries “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” ” with Penelope Cruz.
He also starred in “Ford v. Ferrari” (directed by James Mangold) as Agnelli and also in the movie “The Family” with Robert de Niro (directed by Luc Besson). He also plays in the Italian series “Signora Volpe” in the role of Capitano Riva.
Giovanni Cirfiera has an international career that takes him to different countries such as the USA or France (with a recent role with Elsa Zylberstein). He is also a passionate (manque un o à passionate) musician. This makes him an excellent ambassador for “Apulia Soundtrack Awards”.
Jean-Michel Bernard is a singular pianist, who has found his place at the crossroads of genres. With a solid classical training, with the freedom of jazz, he is resolutely a pianist of cinema, between interpretation and reinvention, unique in its genre. The one that Ray Charles described as “Genius! », or Lalo Schifrin of « Soul brother » has developed all the talents in his immense career: composer, orchestrator, arranger, concert performer. In 40 years, he has worked on more than 200 films, series and documentaries. He was Music Director for many television channels and on the radio on France Inter (L’oreille en coin). He has arranged and produced over 25 albums.
Jean-Michel Bernard has worked with the greatest: composer for Michel Gondry, member of the Quartet of Ray Charles, collaborator of Ennio Morricone, Martin Scorsese (inversion Morricone avec Scorsese, Lalo Schifrin. He works with Claude Chabrol, Francis Lai, Bruno Coulais, Philippe Sarde, Francis Veber, Fanny Ardant and many others… He has always been at the heart of musical creation for film and image, to the point of often being guest in master class in Festivals (Cannes, Paris-Grand Rex /Audi Festival, La Baule, Los Angeles, Krakow, Montreal, Tokyo…).