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Pierluigi Billone
Composition Tutor

Born in 1960 in Bergamasque Alps/Italy. Pierluigi Billone lives in Vienna. He studied composition with Salvatore Sciarrino and Helmut Lachenmann.
From 2006 to 2008 and from 2010 to 2012, Billone has been guest professor for composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria and in 2009 at the Frankfurt am Main University of Music and Performing Arts. In 2017 he was visiting Professor at the Escola Superior de Música Barcelona.

He is regularly invited as teacher and lecturer to composition courses such as: Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie (IEMA) (2008), Harvard University (2010), Columbia University (2010), M C M E International Academy Russia (2011), Darmstadt Summer Course (2010, 2012, 2014 and 2018), impuls Akademie Graz (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019), Tzlil Meudcan Israel (2011, 2014 and 2015), MCIC Madrid (2015 and 2016), Boston University (2015), New York University (2015), Composit Rieti (2015, 2016 and 2017) and Royaumont Voix Nouvelles (2016).

After 2000, 2012 and 2014 Pierluigi Billone is composition tutor for the fourth time in Darmstadt.

What makes artistic collaboration work?

Collaboration works only if there is a mutual consideration of the freedom of the co-workers, based on the limits of a clear hierarchy. But we still need to define what an artistic collaboration is…

How important is the context, in which your work is performed, to you?

A work, in its actuality, embodies already both the context from which it comes up and the possible contexts where it could live further. It deals with a well-known cultural phenomenon, not with an opinion. Only if a work has enough consistence and deep roots, it can live further through different contexts, even extraneous ones. If not, it dies, following its original context…

Is music science? Why (not)?

A stone is not bread. Music is not science. Nevertheless, there is one exception: Steve Coleman “Black Science” (1991).


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