Carmine Emanuele Cella (I)

Quadrilatero – Electronic Music in 4 Dimensions

Improvviso Statico (2012)
for sax contralto and live electronics

CELLA Carmine Emanuele inner spaces


Carmine Emanuele Cella, is a composer and a researcher in applied mathematics. He studied at Conservatory of Music G. Rossini in Italy getting diplomas in piano, computer music and composition and then studied composition with Azio Corghi at Accademia S. Cecilia in Rome; he also studied philosophy and mathematics and got a PhD in mathematical logic at the University of Bologna working on symbolic representations of music.

As a composer he won many prizes, including: 1st prize at the G. Rossini composition competition (1998), 1st prize at the Egidio Carella competition (2010), 2nd prize at the ICOMS composition competition (2010). In 2009 Carmine Emanuele Cella has been selected by the SWR orchestra of Stuttgart, while in 2011 he has been finalist at the international Isang Yun music prize in South Korea.

In 2008 he won the prestigious Petrassi prize for composition, from the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano. He as been selected as member of Academie de France in Madrid for 2013-2014 and has been composer in residence at Casa de Velazquez for that year. In 2015 he won the prestigious prize Una vita nella musica – giovani from Teatro La Fenice and he has recently been selected as composer in residence at the American Academy in Rome for 2016.

From 2007 to 2009 he had a job position as researcher at IRCAM in Paris in the Analysis/Synthesis team working on audio indexing and he has also been composer in residence in the same institute.

In 2006 he created his own company, CryptoSound, dedicated to audio research and development and in 2009 he co-founded a company called 31tone, with Niels Bogaards, dedicated to professional research and development for the iPhone/iPad platforms. From 2013 to 2015 he has been Head of Technical Design at Mogees LTD, with Bruno Zamborlin.
Carmine has been post-doc researcher at ENS in Paris, in the Data team working with Stephane Mallat on mathematical models of deep learning in 2015 and 2016 and will be post-doc at HEM in Geneve until end 2018.

Carmine Emanuele Cella taught harmony, musical composition, computer music, applied mathematics and mathematical logic in several institutes, such as universities and conservatories. 

Starting from January 2019 Carmine is Assistant professor in music and technology at CNMAT in UC Berkeley