Dimitri Scarlato was born in his beloved Rome in 1977. At the age of 5 he started studying the piano and at 6 the violin, and since childhood his interests have been directed towards creating, composing and playing football (albeit badly). At 18, after short-lived experiences as a keyboard player for rock and reggae bands (and by now with shattered dreams of becoming a football superstar), he enrolled at the Conservatorio di Musica S.Cecilia in Rome. Thanks to the valuable teachings of M° Gentile, Pelosi, Aprea, Bonolis and Palchich he obtained degrees in Composition, Conducting and Score Reading. Simultaneously he studied Jazz Piano with R.Ballerini, F.Pieroni, R.Ciammarughi and Classical Piano with M° Di Bella and M° D’Ambrosio. To ward off the danger of spare time Dimitri also enrolled at the Università La Sapienza in Rome to gain a BA in Philosophy, with a final dissertation about the philosopher Wittgentstein and the composer Anton von Webern.
In 1999, while continuing his studies, Dimitri started a professional journey in theatre, first as a pianist, then as a musical director and composer. He worked with artists such as A.Steni, R.Cortesi, G.Musy, C.Croccolo, and in 2003 composed the music for the musical Piaf…l’hymne à l’amour, directed by Carlo Lizzani and performed in prestigious Italian theatres, amongst them Teatro Regio in Parma and Teatro Argentina in Rome.
In 2004 Dimitri decided to move to London to attend a Masters in Composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He then began collaborating with upcoming directors from the London Film School and composed the music for several short films, including The City in the Sky by G.Cimini, which in 2009 was selected for the 66th Venice Film Festival. His passion for films led him to have a wide activity in the cinematic world, including working in the music pre-production of Sweeney Todd by Tim Burton, being selected at the Berlinale Talent Campus 2011 as film composer, and being the conducting coach of sir Michael Caine in Youth, the film by the Oscar winning director Paolo Sorrentino (2015). In London he also rediscovered the passion for contemporary classical music, interest deepened by obtaining a Doctorate in Composition at the prestigious Royal College of Music (which in 2010 selected him as a RCM Rising Star), where he also lectured History of Film Music in 2014 – 2016. His music has been performed in various venues, amongst them the Barbican Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, and Teatro Olimpico and Teatro Palladium in Rome. In 2011 he was selected to join the VOX 3 – Composing for Voice workshop at the Royal Opera House in London and in 2015 he won the 3rd Composition Competition at the International Spring Orchestra Festival, with his piece Caduceo, for two pianos. Two of his operas, Fadwa and La tregua di Natale, have been fully produced and staged by Accademia Filarmonica Romana and Nuova Consonanza, two of the most important music institutions in Rome. Still in fear of idle moments, Dimitri continues studying and attending masterclasses in Composition and Conducting. He deepens his knowledge of Conducting with K. Kiesler, M. Nachev and A. Polyanichko and of Composition with D. Sawer, A.Corghi, P.Dusapin, J. Cole, M.A. Turnage and K.Hesketh. In recent years he has focussed on conducting Russian romantic symphonic works and operatic repertoire, as well as premiering new works of living composers.
His wide passion for music did not stop him also from collaborating in various projects, as a songwriter, producer and arranger for singers and bands such as Appassionante, Amici Forever, Monica Iconica, Barbara Cavaleri, David Habbin, Sahara Collective, Sacha Morgan. When he is not composing or conducting Dimitri works as an educator, trying to transmit his deep love for music to younger generations of musicians. He lectures History of Music (with focus on contemporary music and film music) at the Royal College of Music and he regularly collaborates, as teacher and Composer in Residence with MiSST, a trust funded also by sir Andrew Llyod Webber, which supports music education in challenging secondary schools across London and the UK.
Dimitri lives in London, but loves to travel for his work.