bio

Pietro Dossena (pietro1210@gmail.com) is an internationally active composer and multimedia artist, particularly interested in exploring inter-art relationships from a poetic and semiotic standpoint.

He studied with Sonia Bo and Alessandro Solbiati at the Milan Conservatory, completing the Master’s degree in Composition with the highest grade, honors and mention. He also studied with Salvatore Sciarrino at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, as well as with Joel Feigin and Clarence Barlow at the University of California in Santa Barbara. He has been selected in numerous international workshops and courses of contemporary music, presenting his works to composers such as B. Ferneyhough, P. Billone, F. Filidei, D. Kourliandski. His compositional activity is reflected in his theoretical interest for the creative process of composers, culminating in a doctoral thesis and in analytical and musicological essays, published in peer-reviewed journals. He has spent extended periods of study, work and research in Paris, S. Barbara (California) and Granada. His teaching experiences at university level took place at institutions such as the University of Milan and the Conservatory of Sassari, where he is currently teaching Music Theory, Composition and Multimedia.

He is the recipient of numerous international composition awards, including the Prix Luigi Russolo 2014 (award “for the innovation in the composition”), the Premio Valentino Bucchi 2009 and the Corwin Awards 2009. In 2019 he received the prestigious Arnaldo Rancati Prize from the Rancati Foundation and the Milan City Council. In 2017 he was awarded an Honourable Mention at the National Prize for Arts of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.

His recent projects include Beauty Cage for spatialized ensemble and electronics, performed by the Schallfeld Ensemble at the Conference on AI Music Creativity in Graz; Then Sound, and Motion, and Touch for prepared piano and iPad, performed by Ricardo Descalzo at different concert halls throughout the world; Sensibilities, a transmedia installation based on a series of videos screened all over the world; The Poe Project, a multimedia tribute to the imaginative world of E. A. Poe to be premiered in 2023. He is currently starting a series of collaborative pieces for solo instrument and modular synthesizer.

Performing the live soundtrack for the film La chute de la maison Usher (J. Epstein, 1928) – credits Valentina Zanzi

His works have been featured in many concerts and festivals around the world, including the following: Alicante (ADDA), Barcelona (Mixtur, MACBA, Fundació Miró), Bari (URTIcanti), Chicago (Roosevelt University), Darmstadt (Ferienkurse), Florence (Diffrazioni, Museo Novecento), Granada (Real Conservatorio Superior, MAHS, Fundación Euroárabe), Graz (Mumuth, Impuls), Guanajuato (FIMNME), London (University of Greenwich, Guildhall School), Lublin (KinoReset), Madeira (Sound, Image and Interaction Design Symposium), Madrid (Fundación Juan March, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando), Málaga (Málaga Film Festival), Mexico City (MUSLAB), Milan (Teatro Dal Verme, Milano Musica, Sala Verdi, Sala Puccini), Munich (City Kinos), New York (New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival), Oldenburg (Carl von Ossietzky University), Osaka (Osaka University of Arts), Padua (A Minimal View), Reggio Emilia (Compositori a confronto), Riverside (Audiovisual Frontiers), S. Barbara (Primavera, University of California), Sassari (Musica Nova), Siena (Accademia Chigiana), Sofia (Bulgarian National Radio), Tallinn (International Competition of Audiovisual Compositions), Turin (Teatro Vittoria, Nesxt), Vicenza (Teatro Olimpico), Vienna (Stadtkino).

His music has been performed by conductors, soloists and ensembles such as Tito Ceccherini, Deun Lee, Ricardo Descalzo, Luis Bacalov, Marco Fusi, Fanny Vicens, Ruben Mattia Santorsa, Schallfeld Ensemble, Quartetto Prometeo, mdi Ensemble, Divertimento Ensemble, Milan Conservatory Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato.