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Stefano Bassanese studied electronic music and composition in the conservatories of Venice and Padua. In 1983, invited by Luigi Nono to Freiburg im Breisgau, he attended the SWF Experimental Studio and the seminars of the Institut für Neue Musik at the Musikhochschule.

The intense activity led him to produce in international festivals and prestigious halls including Zeitfluss - Salzburg, Ars Musica - Bruxelles, Eclat - Stuttgart, Philarmonie - Essen, Musique en Scène - Lyon, June in Buffalo, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Salle Messiaen of Radio France, CCRMA Stanford, Musica y Escena - Mexico City, Experimental Intermediate NYC, Les Musiques - Marseille, White Box - NYC, etc.

He has received commissions from various institutions (RAI, State University of New York, GRAME Lyon, Festival Zeitfluss - Salzburg, INA / GRM, GMEM Marseille, Teatro La Fenice, etc.), he has also collaborated with the Center for Computational Sonology of the University from Padua dealing with Computer Music since 1978, with the WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Zóltàn Peskó in Cologne and with the Ensemble Modern directed by Ingo Metzmacher. Numerous collaborations with other composers and performers including Aldo Clementi, Olga Neuwirth, Fabio Nieder, Claudio Ambrosini, Mauricio Sotelo, Paul Mèfano, Phill Niblock, Eliane Radigue, Nicholas Isherwood, Stefano Scodanibbio, Roberto Fabbriciani, Michele Lomuto, Ex Novo Ensemble, Christoph Homberger, Jenny Lin, Benjamin Thigpen and many others.

Since 1999 he has collaborated with Mauricio Kagel, realizing the electronics for various productions including the world premiere of the stage version of Entfürung im Konzertsaal directed by Herbert Wernicke and the first Phonophonie record edition. In 2000-2001 he was responsible for the electronic production of the CCMIX (Center de Création Musicale Iannis Xenakis) in Paris.

In 2003 he collaborated with the pianist and composer Uri Caine composing and creating the electronic parts for Othello Syndrome which inaugurated the 47th Festival of contemporary music of the Venice Biennale. The record edition of this work was nominated for the 51st Grammy Awards of 2009.

Co-founder and member of the scientific committee of the Luigi Nono Archive Foundation of Venice, he has been a member of the AIMI (Italian Music Informatics Association) since 2010 and since 2014 he has been its president.

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