bio

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

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

He studied composition with Sonia Bo at the Milan Conservatory, graduating with full marks. He also studied with Salvatore Sciarrino at the Chigiana Music Academy in Siena and with Joel Feigin and Clarence Barlow at the University of California, 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, L. Bacalov. In 2018 he completed the Master’s degree in Composition at the Milan Conservatory, as a student of Alessandro Solbiati, obtaining the grade of 110/110 with honors and mention. 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, research and work in France, the United States and Spain. His teaching experiences at university level took place at institutions such as the University of Milan, the Bicocca University of Milan and the conservatories of Campobasso and Sassari. He has been a journalist of the monthly Amadeus from 2015 to 2020, writing on music education.

He is the winner of numerous international composition competitions, including: V. Caffa Righetti 2017 (1st prize), Luigi Russolo 2014 (G. Maffina Award “for the innovation in the composition”), Alvarez Chamber Orchestra 2011, Carl von Ossietzky 2011, V. Bucchi 2009, Corwin Awards 2009 (two 1st prizes), E. Carella 2006. In 2019 he received the prestigious Arnaldo Rancati Prize from the Rancati Foundation, the Municipality of Milan and the Milan Conservatory. In 2018 his orchestral piece Et tout le reste, commissioned by the Milan Conservatory, was selected and performed at the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva (Mexico). In 2017 he was awarded an Honourable Mention at the National Prize for Arts of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. In the same year, he won the Milan Conservatory Prize with the piece Then Silence, and Stillness, and Night, released on CD.

He is also active as a multimedia artist, creating audiovisual works and installations. His most recent projects include The Poe Project, a tribute to the imaginative world of E. A. Poe, and Sensibilities, a transmedia installation on perception that was presented at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse 2018.

His works have been selected and presented in many concerts and festivals around the world, including the following: Barcelona (Festival Mixtur, MACBA, Fundació Miró), Bari (Festival URTIcanti) Chicago (Roosevelt University), Darmstadt (Ferienkurse für Neue Musik), Florence (Diffrazioni Festival, Museo Novecento), Granada (Real Conservatorio Superior, Festival MAHS, Fundación Euroárabe), Graz (Festival Impuls), Guanajuato (FIMNME), London (University of Greenwich, Guildhall School), Lublin (KinoReset), Madeira (Sound, Image and Interaction Design Symposium), Mexico City (Festival MUSLAB), Milan (Teatro Dal Verme, Festival Milano Musica, Sala Verdi, Sala Puccini), Munich (City Kinos), New York (New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival), Oldenburg (Carl von Ossietzky Universität), Padua (Festival A Minimal View), Reggio Emilia (Festival Compositori a confronto), S. Barbara (Primavera Festival, University of California), Siena (Accademia Chigiana), Sofia (Bulgarian National Radio), Tallinn (International Competition of Audiovisual Compositions), Turin (Teatro Vittoria, Festival Nesxt), Vicenza (Teatro Olimpico), Vienna (Stadtkino). His music has been performed by conductors, soloists and ensembles such as Tito Ceccherini, Mauro Bonifacio, Ricardo Descalzo, Luis Bacalov, Marco Fusi, Ruben Mattia Santorsa, Quartetto Prometeo, mdi Ensemble, Divertimento Ensemble, Milan Conservatory Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato. Registered with SACEM, he has published with Bèrben, Ars Publica and M.A.P. Editions.

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