bio

Pietro Dossena is a composer based in Milan, particularly interested in the exploration of inter-art relationships from a poetical and semiotical standpoint.

He studied composition with Sonia Bo at the Milan Conservatory, then he attended advanced courses with Joel Feigin and Clarence Barlow at the University of California, and with Salvatore Sciarrino at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. He also completed a Ph.D. in Musicology and Music Theory at the University of Padua, focusing on the creative process of composers. A recipient of numerous academic scholarships, he spent periods of time studying and doing research in Paris (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Bibliothèque Nationale), in California (University of California – S. Barbara) and in Granada (M. de Falla Archive). He has taught courses and workshops at the Universities of Milan, Milan-Bicocca, and at the Conservatory of Campobasso. In 2018 he completed (summa cum laude and with honourable mention) a Master’s degree in Composition at the Conservatory of Milan, under the guidance of Alessandro Solbiati.

His compositions have won prizes in several international competitions including: V. Caffa Righetti 2017, Luigi Russolo 2014, C. von Ossietzky 2011, V. Bucchi 2009, Corwin Awards 2009 and E. Carella 2006. In 2015 his piece Buildings won the call for orchestral scores at the Milan Conservatory and was conducted by Tito Ceccherini. In 2017 he was awarded the first prize at the Premio del Conservatorio (Prize of the Milan Conservatory) with the piece for ensemble Then Silence, and Stillness, and Night, that will be released on CD. His piece Come di luna for soprano and ensemble was awarded an honourable mention at the National Prize for Arts 2017. His latest commission, the orchestral piece Et tout le reste conceived as a homage to the poet Paul Verlaine, was premiered in Milan in March 2018 and was also performed at the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico.

Pietro Dossena’s music is typically associated with other art forms. As a consequence, he is also active as a transmedia artist, making audiovisual works and installations. His last works include The Poe Project, a tribute to the imaginative world of E.A. Poe, and a transmedia project that explores the ambiguity and multidimensionality of perception, titled Sensibilities. 

Dossena’s works have been presented at many concerts and festivals, in Europe and America, including the following: Barcelona (Festival Mixtur, MACBA, Fundació Miró), Darmstadt (Ferienkurse), Firenze (Diffrazioni Festival), Granada (Real Conservatorio Superior), Guanajuato (FIMNME), London (University of Greenwich, Guildhall School), Milan (Teatro Dal Verme, Sala Verdi), Munich (KinoM), Oldenburg (C. von Ossietzky Universität), Padua (A Minimal View Festival), S. Barbara (Primavera Festival, University of California), Siena (Accademia Chigiana). His music has been performed by conductors, soloists and ensembles such as Tito Ceccherini, Ricardo Descalzo, Quartetto Prometeo, mdi Ensemble, Divertimento Ensemble. Affiliated to the SACEM, he has published with Bèrben, Ars Publica and M.A.P. Editions.

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