Coaches 2025

Pierluigi Billone

Composition, Coach

"I like to remember, first of all myself, of course, that the table on which we work must be honoured with a certain awareness and freedom." (Pierluigi Billone)



Born in 1960 in Italy, Pierluigi Billone lives in Vienna. He studied composition with Salvatore Sciarrino and Helmut Lachenmann.
Billone's music has been performed by relevant interpreters in festivals such as Wien Modern, Festival d’Automne Paris, Donaueschinger Musiktagen, Wittener Tagen für neue Kammermusik, Eclat-Stuttgart, Ultraschall-Berlin, Musica Viva München, TFNM Zürich, Ars Musica Bruxelles, Huddersfield NMF, World Music Days Wroclaw, Biennale Zagreb, Boston, New York, Monday Ev. Concerts Los Angeles, Bendigo Festival Sidney. His music has been regularly broadcasted from the most important radios (BBC, WDR, SDR, BRD, NDR, ORF, DRS, RCE, RF, NR) in and beyond Europe.

His works received international awards such as the Kompositionspreis der Stadt Stuttgart (Stuttgart 1993), the Busoni-Kompositionspreis (Academy of Arts Berlin 1996), the Wiener Internationaler Kompositionspreis (Vienna 2004), the Ernst-Krenek-Preis (Vienna 2006), and the Kompositionspreis der Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikstiftung (Munich 2010).
From 2006 to 2008 Pierluigi Billone has been guest professor for composition at the Music University Graz, in 2009 at the Music University of Frankfurt, from 2010 until 2012 at the Music University Graz again, and in 2017 at the ESMUC in Barcelona. He is regularly invited as teacher and lecturer in composition courses such as: IEMA-Ensemble Modern Akademie 2008. Harvard University 2010. Columbia University NY 2010. MCME International Academy, Russland 2011. Ferienkurse Darmstadt 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018. impuls Akademie Graz 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2109, 2021, 2023, 2025. Boston University 2015. New York University 2015. Tzlil Meducan Israel 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017. MCIC Madrid 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. Royaumont 2016. Composit-Rieti 2015, 2016, 2017. Kalv Academy-Sweden 2018, 2022. Conservatoire Royale, Bruxelles 2020. APC-Lissabon 2021. Motocontrario-Trento 2022. Universitá di Cremona 2023. Conservatorio Mantova 2023. ilSUONO-Italia 2024.

The works of Pierluigi Billone appear on the labels Kairos, Stradivarius, Col-legno, Durian, EMSA, NEOS and Ein_Klang.