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Pietro Elia Barcellona is an Italian contrabassist, composer and improviser active in the fields of experimental music involving both improvisation and written material.


Pietro has worked with composers such as Beat Furrer and Helmut LacheNmann and has performed in festivals such as MANIFESTE (FR), Gaudeamus (NL), Musikfestival BerN, IMPULS (At), Opera Forward Festival (NL), Tel Aviv International Festival for Contemporary Music, and Holland Festival.

He has collaborated AND currently COLLABORATES with ensembles AND ORCHESTRAS SUCH AS ensemble ulysses, Asko | Schönberg ensemble, ENSEMBLE Scordatura, Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Zone Expérimentale, the Junger KÜnstler Bayreuth Orchestra (First contrabass). He has taken part in CD recordings for labels such as Clean Feed RECORDS and Another Timbre. he is the co-founder and co-leader of fade in trio and the co-founder and co-curator of Quois Festival. 

Pietro has studied with, AMONG OTHERS, Dario Calderone and Uli FusseneGger.


HE EARNED A BACHELOR OF MUSIC FROM CONSERVATORIUM VAN AMSTERDAM (2022) AND HE IS CURRENTLY pursuing AN MA DEGREE in music performance with specialisation in contemporary music at the Hochschule für Musik Basel (2024) WITH THE SUPPORT OF FUNDING FROM THE NICATI DE LUZE FOUNDATION AND THE Cecile und Albert Kupper FOUNDATION. 


Pietro is interested in exploring the boundaries of composition and improvisation as well as the relationship between musical gesture and rhythm.

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