Maurizio Malagnini
International award-winning composer Maurizio Malagnini (The Paradise, Call The Midwife) burst onto the
scene in 2009, bringing to television his cinematic class and stunning melodies through his scores to
numerous BBC hits.
In demand because of his ability to vary his palette of sounds and styles, each time bringing the audience to
the heart of the story, Malagnini’s work on The Paradise was recognized with an EMMY® Award
Nomination and has been hailed as a ‘masterpiece of musical storytelling’.
Maurizio has recently finished scoring season 9 of the hugely popular BBC series Call The Midwife and is
currently working on a score for an animation and live action version of the ballet Coppelia. Further projects
include the BAFTA Nominated film The C Word, a BBC TV-movie based on the book and blog by Lisa Lynch,
featuring a minimalistic and subtle score mixing electronica with string orchestra and the epic full orchestral
score for a 2-hour drama for ITV, Peter and Wendy, based on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan novel. The success of
these projects resulted in Maurizio winning the title of Breakthrough Composer Of The Year from the
International Film Music Critic Association in 2016.
Italian-born Malagnini’s first musical love was Italian Opera, especially the lyrical melodies of Rossini and
Puccini. During his ten years of academic studies in Italian conservatoire, he came into contact with the music
of the greatest Italian film composers, in particular Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota. Upon completion of his
degree in symphonic composition at the Conservatory in Italy, Malagnini headed to the UK to attend the Royal
College of Music in 2006, where he graduated with a Masters Distinction in Composition for Screen.
In 2009, Malagnini was selected by BBC Worldwide to score the new animation show Muddle Earth. His
adventurous, epic music was recorded by the 95-piece BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and contributed to the
success of the 26-episode BAFTA-nominated series. The creativity in his composition impressed orchestra
manager Richard Wigley, who commissioned Malagnini to compose the Symphonic Suite Running In The
Clouds, broadcast nationwide on BBC Radio 3. The Suite was premiered in January 2012 by the BBC
Philharmonic Orchestra to a standing ovation, inspiring the Arts correspondent Adrian Mullen to write:
“Running In The Clouds received an amazing reaction from concertgoers. The composition painted a vivid
musical landscape, every bit as evocative as a Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony”.
Malagnini’s next BBC series was The Body Farm, a 6-episode spin-off from Waking The Dead. For this he
created an energetic, hybrid score showcasing an edgier contemporary sound, blending strings with
In 2012, Malagnini was invited by producer Simon Lewis to score The Paradise, a TV series based on the
French novel The Ladies’ Paradise by Émile Zola. The Paradise allowed Malagnini to turn to his first love,
blending his operatic influences – this time from French Opera Comique – into his score. Malagnini’s music
became the pulsating heart of the characters, a blanket of warmth around the storytelling and one of the
pleasures of the series. The Paradise, which was broadcast in 132 territories, earned Malagnini’s creative
talent international recognition, including three Music+Sound Awards and, in 2015, his first EMMY®
Award Nomination. The soundtrack album of The Paradise was released worldwide by Silva Screen
Records and it has been acclaimed by the critic, receiving 5 star reviews.
Continuing his relationship with the BBC, Malagnini was asked to compose the soundtrack for the fourth
season of the period drama, Call The Midwife (Neal Street) for which he has continued to score a further five
series. His sensitive approach to the score breathed new life and colour into the show, and as a result earned
him his fourth Music+Sound Award.