Ritratto del violoncellista Ricardo Pichot – Salvador Dalì 1920

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 IRCAM in Paris.

Cello teacher in Bolzano at the “Monteverdi” Conservatory, in addition to Improvisation Techniques and Music Informatics in the departments of New Technologies and Didactics, he is developing a doctoral project on Hyper-Cello at the University of Edinburgh.

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 specialize 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, Ivo Malec, Igor Linz Maues, Alvin Curran, Lawrence Casserley, Mauro Graziani.

He is now involved in electro-acoustic music and composition, and principally in live electronics performance with the Hyper-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, for labels including Tactus, Bongiovanni, La Bottega Discantica, Luna, Rivo Alto. He has recently published the anthological Solo Cello CD “Violoncello Italiano.XXI Secolo” with Bottega Discantica label.


For many years he has been active in the concert scene playing contemporary, romantic, and baroque repertoire, principally in Italian theatres and in national and international festivals; he has also played in Europe, the United States, South America, and Japan.

Principal chamber, ensemble and solo concerts were hold at “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”, “Sala Michelangeli di Bolzano”, “Sala Filarmonica di Verona”.

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.

Ha 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 University of Arts in Gothembourg, the Hochschule in Hannover, several conservatories in Italy, the Music Universities of Montevideo, Santa Fè, Stanford, Atlanta.

Violoncello Italiano XXI Secolo