Ennio Morricone, the Italian maestro behind some of the most instantly recognisable film music of the last forty years, will perform his only UK and Ireland engagements this year at the Opening Concert of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s on 17–18 October at the Waterfront Hall.
This is a rare live appearance by the Oscar-winning® film legend who scored Sergio Leone’s 1960s Westerns: A Fistful of Dollars; For a Few Dollars More; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Once Upon a Time in the West and A Fistful of Dynamite. Morricone also scored other iconic films including Once Upon a Time in America, Days of Heaven, The Untouchables, Cinema Paradiso and The Mission.
Ennio Morricone has won five BAFTAs for Best Score and been nominated five times for an Oscar®. He received an Honorary Academy Award in 2007 ‘for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music’. He is only the second composer in Oscar® history to be honoured with such an award.
Since 2001, Ennio Morricone has played only very selective engagements in landmark cities including London, Paris, New York, Vienna and Tokyo. For the festival Morricone will conduct the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra and Belfast Philharmonic Choir, with over 100 musicians flying to Belfast especially for the occasion.