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Giuseppe "Pino" Donaggio (born 24 November 1941) is an Italian musician, singer, and film composer. A classically-trained violinist, Donaggio is known for his collaborations with director Brian De Palma, and for his work in both European and American genre cinema.

Pino Donaggio
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Pino Donaggio in 1965
Giuseppe Donaggio

(1941-11-23) 23 November 1941 (age 77)



Born in Burano (an island of Venice), into a family of musicians, Donaggio began studying violin at the age of ten, first at the Benedetto Marcello conservatory[1] in Venice, followed by the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory[2] in Milan. At the age of 14, he made his solo debut in a Vivaldi concert for Italian radio, then went on to play for both the I Solisti Veneti and the Solisti di Milano.[3] The discovery of rock and roll during the summer of 1959 ended Donaggio's classical career when he made his singing debut with Paul Anka. He then began to write his own songs and established himself as one of Italy's prominent singer-songwriters. He took part in the Sanremo Festival with "Come sinfonia" (1961) and had a string of successes including "Una casa in cima al mondo".

However, his greatest hit was the 1965 hit "Io che non vivo",[4] which sold 80 million records worldwide and was performed most popularly in English as "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" by Dusty Springfield and Elvis Presley.[5]

His first film was the British/Italian horror film Don't Look Now.[6] Since then he has composed music for several films, including Dario Argento's Two Evil Eyes, Trauma and Do You Like Hitchcock?. He also composed the scores for several horror films including Piranha, Tourist Trap, The Howling and Seed of Chucky. He works regularly with US director Brian De Palma, scoring De Palma's Carrie,[6] Home Movies, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Body Double,[6] Raising Cain and Passion.

In 2012 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Soundtrack Academy.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Benedetto Marcello Conservatory". Retrieved 2012-05-13.
  2. ^ "Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory". Retrieved 2012-05-13.
  3. ^ "Solisti di Milano". Retrieved 2012-05-13.
  4. ^ "Music of "Io che non vivo" song". Retrieved 2012-05-13.
  5. ^ Pino Donaggio - Biography
  6. ^ a b c "Ordeal By Innocence - Pino Donaggio". Retrieved 1 April 2018.

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