As a pianist, composer and orchestra conductor, right from the start of his career he complemented film work with that of the theatre. He has worked with leading Italian directors, entrenching his own language in national tradition elaborated through a sensitive personal originality. Since the late eighties his soundtracks have received numerous awards, from David di Donatello for Ginger and Fred (1986) by Federico Fellini, Dear Diary (1993), and The Son’s Room (2001) by Nanni Moretti, to Oscar in 1999 for Life is Beautiful (1997) by Roberto Benigni. He has been awarded also four Colonna Sonora awards, three Nastri d'argento, two Ciak d’oro, and a Globo d’Oro for Lifetime Achievement in 2009 by the foreign press. In 1991 he started an artistic collaboration with Vincenzo Cerami, with which he created a number of plays: Canti di scena (1993), La pietà (1998), Stabat mater e Lettere al metronomo (2004). Other works, conceived for a large instrumental ensemble, include: Concerto fotogramma (2000), a performance that disguises in a theatrical form thirty years of film scores; Isola della luce (2003), La cantata dei cent’anni (2006), Epta (2008) and the work in five movements for piano quintet, Viaggi di Ulisse (2011). In 2008 he received the title of Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic. In 2013 he released the album Cantabile, a collection of his songs performed by great artists, while the following year he published the autobiographical text Music is dangerous.