Nicola Baroni gained conservatory diplomas in Cello Performance and in Electronic Music, as well as a degree in Musical Aesthetics at the University of Bologna (final dissertation on Alvin Lucier).
He participated in post-graduate courses in cello and chamber music with Franco Rossi, Alain Meunier, Anner Bijlsma, Siegfried Palm at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, the Città di Castello Music Academy, the Hochschule Franz Liszt in Weimar, the Festival Casals in Prades. He has followed stages on musical softwares and Live Electronics at AGON-Audiofficine in Mailand and at IRCAM in Paris.
He has developed the doctoral project Gesture and listening. Towards a social and eco-systemic hyperinstrument composition as a PhD in Composition at the University of Edinburgh.
He is cello teacher at the “ G.B. Martini” Conservatory in Bologna. After previous collaborations with different symphony orchestras he has been undertaken an intense chamber and solo music activity. His interest in historical performance practice has led him to specialise in baroque cello as well, and to edit late 17th century music for Ut Orpheus Editions.
His performance and research collaborations in 20th Century music have involved the following contemporary ensembles: Octandre, Icarus, Siddharta, Musica Attuale, Musica/Realtà, Interensemble, Antisonic-Elektronika, FontanaMix, Cardew Ensemble. He has directly worked with composers like Sylvano Bussotti, Paolo Castaldi, Franco Donatoni, Adriano Guarnieri, Mauro Graziani, Ivo Malec, Alvin Curran, Igor Linz Maues, Lawrence Casserley.
He is now involved in electro-acoustic music and composition, and principally in live electronics and interactive performance with Digitally Augmented Cello and real- time Software, involving new compositions and graphic-scores interpretation and rendering.
Discography contains music by Monteverdi, Torelli, Liszt, Malipiero, Villa Lobos, Scelsi, Gentilucci, Messieri for labels including Tactus, Bongiovanni, Naxos, La Bottega Discantica, Luna, Rivo Alto. He has published the anthological Solo Cello CD “Violoncello Italiano.XXI Secolo” with Bottega Discantica label.
He is collaborating with the institutions of research VID-Art-Science in Bologna and Centre for Splecklednet Computing in Edinburgh. He is a member of the artistic direction of the MASKFEST.
For many years he has been active in the concert scene playing contemporary, romantic, and baroque repertoire in Italian theatres such as Teatro Comunale di Bologna, La Fenice di Venezia, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Politeama di Palermo, Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Cantiere d’Arte di Montepulciano, Accademia Chigiana di Siena, Università La Sapienza di Roma, Accademia Filarmonica di Trento, and international festivals in Europe, US, South America, and Japan. He played at different festivals like Angelica in Bologna, GAMO in Florence, REC in Reggio Emilia, RavennaFestival, Spazionovecento in Cremona, MilanoMusica, SpazioMusica in Cagliari, Piccadilly Festival in London, Gaudeamus in Amsterdam, Music Factory in Bergen, Neue Music in Freiburg, Reykyavik Festival, Lucero Festival in Paris, Kiev Music Fest, Snyggton in Berlin, Festival Donatoni in Mexico City.
He has hold conferences and workshops on string contemporary repertoires and about the relations between Improvisation and Live Electronics at the Kunst Universitat Wien, the Kunst Universitat Berlin, the Academy of Arts in Gothembourg, the US Universities of Stanford and Atlanta, Halifax in Canada, the Universities of Montevideo and Santa Fè, the Hochschule in Hannover and different Italian Conservatories.