Pasquale Catalano was born in Naples in 1966 and studied violin, guitar, piano and later music composition at the Naples, Avellino and Matera Music conservatories. Besides being a musician he began his career as a composer in 1985, collaborating with Gennaro Vitiello and then with Mario Santella, inaugurating two prose seasons at the Ausonia Theater in Naples. He abandoned his career as a musician in 1990 to dedicate his life exclusively to his career as a composer.
He has collaborated as conductor, orchestrator, arranger and composer for films such as LIBERA and I BUCHI NERI directed by Pappi Corsicato, IL DIAVOLO NELLA BOTTIGLIA by Stefano Incerti, MARUZZELLA (an episode of The Vesuvians) by Maria Antonietta de Lillo, IL RONZIO DELLE MOSCHE by Dario D’Ambrosi, ONE MAN UP and THE CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE by Paolo Sorrentino, MARIO’S WAR by Antonio Capuano. He also composed the music for SIGNORINA EFFE directed by Wilma Labate, THE SICILIAN GIRL by Marco Amenta , THE DOUBLE HOUR by Giuseppe Capotondi and Stefania Sandrelli’s first film as director CHRISTINA, CHRISTINE. He is the composer of the scores of MENO MALE CHE CI SEI directed by Luis Prieto and TV series ROMANZO CRIMINALE – LA SERIE directed by Stefano Sollima.
He began collaborating with Ferzan Ozpetek in 2010 with the film LOOSE CANNONS earning a nomination for the David of Donatello and Silver Ribbon Film Awards. In 2010 he also scored BARNEY’S VERSION an Italian-Canadian co-production based on the novel by Mordecai Richler starring Paul Giamatti and directed by Richard J. Lewis.
His works have been performed at the Valle Piana Giffoni Festival, Volterra, Turin, New York, Zurich and Oporto festivals at the Biennial Theater and Biennial Cinema Music Festival of Venice and at the Holland Festival of Amsterdam.