Pietro Dossena

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Pietro Dossena 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 and with Joel Feigin and Clarence Barlow at the University of California in Santa Barbara. He has been selected in numerous international workshops and courses in 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 in 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 the university level took place at institutions such as the University of Milan and the Conservatory of Sassari, where he is currently a professor of Music Theory, Composition and Multimedia.
 
He has received numerous international composition awards, including the Prix Luigi Russolo 2014 (special award “for the innovation in the composition”), the Premio Valentino Bucchi 2009 and the Corwin Awards for Excellence in Music Composition 2009. In 2017 he was awarded the First Prize for Composition at the Milan Conservatory, as well as an Honourable Mention at the National Prize for Arts of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. In 2019 he received the prestigious Arnaldo Rancati Prize from the Rancati Foundation and the Milan City Council.
 
He has received commissions from various institutions, orchestras and ensembles such as the Egidio Carella International Composition Competition, the Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio di Milano, the Conservatory of Sassari, and Nemø ensemble.
 
His recent projects include Beauty Cage for spatialized ensemble and electronics, premiered by the Schallfeld Ensemble at the Conference on AI Music Creativity in Graz; Sensibilities, a transmedia installation based on a series of videos that have been screened all over the world; Haunted, a multimedia tribute to the imaginative world of E. A. Poe premiered by Nemø ensemble in 2023. He is starting a series of collaborative pieces for solo instrument, modular synthesizer and live visuals.
 
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, Benedetto Boccuzzi, Luis Bacalov, Marco Fusi, Fanny Vicens, Ruben Mattia Santorsa, Schallfeld Ensemble, Nemø ensemble, Quartetto Prometeo, mdi Ensemble, Divertimento Ensemble, Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio di Milano, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato.
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Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Then Silence, and Stillness, and Night a nocturne for prepared piano and ensemble (2022)
Uncluttered for ensemble (2020)
Edgar's Visions for ensemble (2015)

Soloist (Instrument or Voice) and Real Time Electronics


Then Sound, and Motion, and Touch a nocturne for prepared piano and iPad (2021)
Haunted for amplified guitar (2016)

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Real Time Electronics


Beauty Cage for ensemble and electronics (2021)

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Red for flute and guitar (2019)

Orchestral Music


Et tout le reste homage to Paul Verlaine - for orchestra (2018)

Vocal Music


Come di luna for soprano and ensemble (2017)

Solo Instrument


Sonnet 104 for accordion (2014)
Beauty Cage for ensemble and electronics (2021)
Come di luna for soprano and ensemble (2017)
Edgar's Visions for ensemble (2015)
Et tout le reste homage to Paul Verlaine - for orchestra (2018)
Haunted for amplified guitar (2016)
Red for flute and guitar (2019)
Sonnet 104 for accordion (2014)
Then Silence, and Stillness, and Night a nocturne for prepared piano and ensemble (2022)
Then Sound, and Motion, and Touch a nocturne for prepared piano and iPad (2021)
Uncluttered for ensemble (2020)