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More comfortable expanding sonic and musical boundaries than being confined by them,

Quentin Chiappetta enjoys an unusually wide-ranging creative career as a composer, sound designer and mixer for the stage, the screen, and the art world.


Quentin’s music for television is heard in hundreds of series, including the hit show The First 48.  He has composed scores for dozens of independent feature films and documentaries, and designed and mixed the sound for hundreds, many of which have premiered at film festivals around the world, including Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, and the Tribeca Film Festival.  His recent work includes the documentary short Collette which won an Oscar in 2021, the Netflix series Daughters of Destiny, the original score and sound work for the documentary Reaching West on public television.

Quentin created the original score and multi-channel sound design for Panamarama, a permanent exhibition at the entrance to the BioMuseo in Panama City.  For Soundscapes, at the National Music Centre in Calgary, Quentin knit together a sound collage of popular Canadian music. The piece was a prizewinner of the 2016 MUSE Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in museum media.  He is currently creating immersive sonic works for the Smithsonian Museum of American History and for a new museum for the Agua Caliente tribe in Palm Springs.


He is a favored collaborator of experimental installation artists and musicians, including the legendary Tony Conrad, Zeena Parkins, Kim Sooja, and Christian Marclay.  Quentin’s 20-year creative relationship with Marclay culminated in The Clock, the groundbreaking winner of the 2012 Venice Biennale for which he was the sound designer and mixer. 


The recipient of multiple Meet the Composer grants and American Music Center awards, Quentin has been commissioned by new music ensembles and leading choreographers, most recently collaborating with the legendary Yvonne Rainer. In 2015, he was a resident composer at La Mama Umbria, in Italy.


As a frequent collaborator with theater artists, Quentin composed the score for the Broadway show Irena’s Vow, for which he earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination. He also received a Drama Desk Award nomination for his sound work in the off-Broadway show The Navigator. He is the winner of two Innovative Theater Awards, for sound design and for original music, for his work in the off-Broadway play Murder in the First.

Quentin received his formal musical training in composition at the Eastman School of Music. Based in New York, he is the founder and owner of the post-production studio MediaNoise, and a sought-after collaborator for filmmakers, directors, choreographers, visual and multimedia artists, musicians, producers, and creative individuals from every corner of the artistic landscape.

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