"Billone is one of those rare magicians with the power to suspend the laws of linear time. Listening to his music, one feels one is entering a cultic space." (Heinz Rögl)
"His radical pace has led him to explore undreamt realms of sound and to develop his own instrumental and vocal techniques. At the same time, however, his sources of inspiration reside in an archaic world, in a universe of the sacred, as if the most progressive position of Modernism was arriving through him at the very core of the musical phenomenon." (Philippe Albéra)
Pierluigi Billone, born in 1960 in Italy, lives in Vienna.
He studied under Salvatore Sciarrino and Helmut Lachenmann.
His music has been performed by among others Klangforum Wien, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Ensemble Modern, the Ensemble Recherche, Instant Donné, and the Ensemble Contrechamps and has been featured at festivals such as the Donaueschinger Musiktagen, Wien Modern, the Wittener Tagen für neue Kammermusik, Ars Musica Bruxelles, und the Festival d’Automne à Paris. His name has also been spread across Europe by numerous radio broadcasts.
He is closely associated with the conductor Emilio Pomárico, the percussionists Christian Dierstein and Adam Weisman, the bassoonist Lorelei Dowling, the violist Barbara Maurer, the clarinet duo Stump-Linshalm, and the singers Frank Wörner and Alda Caiello, for whom he has written solo works and solo parts.
Among the prizes he has received for his works are the City of Stuttgart Composition Prize (1993), the Busoni Award for Composition from the Akademie der Künste Berlin (1996), the Vienna International Composition Prize (2004), and the Ernst Krenek Prize of the City of Vienna (2006).
From 2006 to 2008 Pierluigi Billone was visiting professor at the Kunstuniversität Graz, where he will resume his tuition in October 2010.
He receives regular invitations to give seminars on composition and guest lectures (IEMA-International Ensemble Modern Akademie, Conservatoire Paris, Conservatorium Amsterdam, Musikuniversität Wien, Harvard University Boston, Columbia University N.Y.).
His music appears on the CD labels Kairos, Stradivarius, Col-legno, Durian, EMSA.