Emmanuel Fratianni to guest conduct Video Games Live - Akron Symphony Orchestra

Emmanuel Fratianni to guest conduct Video Games Live

September 30, 2017

Emmanuel Fratianni to guest conduct Video Games Live

Billboard Top 10 artist Emmanuel Fratianni is an award-winning music director, conductor and composer based in Los Angeles. He is highly regarded as an invaluable team member in music direction for multi-media productions and is known for his ability to manage the demands of film sync, musicians, choir, guest artists and audience rapport while never compromising the musical and artistic integrity of the orchestra or production.

Emmanuel has led prestigious American ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Hall, the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Utah Symphony Orchestra among others, including multi-platinum producer David Foster and Friends.

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Internationally, Emmanuel has guest conducted the Royal Scottish National Symphony, The Malaysian Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile and in Asia the Beijing Opera and Performing Art Orchestra to name a few.

An award-winning composer, his scores for video games have been performed by some of the finest and most recorded orchestras in the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

His latest multi media composition, Portale, for orchestra, children choir and international guest soloists was presented in June 2013 to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during the official opening of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. The inaugural piece commissioned by the Westfield Corporation was performed live inside the new terminal.

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A member of the multiple Emmy-nominated music team for the CBS drama JAG for five seasons, Emmanuel made a home for himself beginning in 2002 on the major scoring stages in Los Angeles with the Hollywood Scoring Orchestra and the finest scoring musicians in the world.

This invaluable experience in television and film scoring sessions is what Emmanuel credits as formidable preparation for meeting the demands of touring production timelines and the essential needs of economy of preparation, management of the diversity of guest artist specialties, and expertise in the sheer variety of musical genres.


Playing piano at the age of six, Emmanuel began his classical music studies upon acceptance to the Montreux Conservatory, in his hometown. As a teen, he discovered the jazz of Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and began performing publicly at age 14 and a few years later  Emmanuel’s jazz quartet was to debut on the outer stages of the famed Montreux Jazz Festival.

Strongly Influenced by the lyricism of his native Italian folk music and his classical training, Emmanuel’s prolific jazz composing was recognized at the age of 28 when he was awarded Montreux’s most prestigious commission, for his concerto grosso for jazz quartet and large orchestra, September Suite.  The symphony in three movements premiered at the Stravinsky Auditorium, home of the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Musically restless after the September Suite success, Emmanuel’s attention turned toward collaborating with visual and movement artists in Europe when he eventually uprooted to Los Angeles. He continued his training at UCLA in post-graduate studies and privately with critically acclaimed, multi-Emmy winning television composers Alf Clausen (of The Simpsons), and Jay Chattaway (StarTrek).

Emmanuel is an active guest lecturer in both American and European music institutions in the subjects of music direction and conducting symphonic film music, video games and jazz. He resides in Santa Barbara, Calif., with his wife and fellow composer, Laurie Robinson, and their 6-year-old, son Luciano.