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13 April 1942, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. A composer, conductor and musical director for television and films, Conti was taught to play the piano by his father from the age of seven, and later, after the family had moved to Miami, Florida, took up the bassoon. After leaving high school he studied composition at Louisiana State University, and played in its symphony orchestra, while also playing jazz in local nightspots to defray educational expenses. Subsequently, he gained honours at the Juilliard School of Music, New York, including a masters degree. Influenced by his major professor at Juilliard, composer Hugo Weisgall, Conti and his wife moved to Italy in 1967. During his seven-year stay, he broke into films, arranging, composing and conducting for productions such as Juliette De Sade, Candidate Per Un Assassino (Candidate For Killing), Liquid Subway, and Blume In Love (1973). On his return to the USA in 1974, he settled in California, and, aided by...