Massimiliano Viel attended studies in electronic music, orchestra conducting ethnomusicology
and composition in Milano, Parigi, Salzburg, Odense with professor such as A. Corghi, M. Stroppa,
K. Huber, B. Ferneyhough, K. Stockhausen, F.Donatoni and T.Murail.
In 1989 he abandoned the performing activity with piano to pursue new sounds and performing
techniques with the electronic keyboard. As a keyboard player he collaborated with ensembles
such as the Caput Ensemble from Rejkiavik, the Quartetto Arditti from London, MusikFrabrik from
Düsseldorf and orchestras such as the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra from Milano, the WDR orchestra
from Cologne and the Orchestra of Paris, with whom he performed in all the most important
theatres in Europe.
In 1997 he performed K.Stockhausen’s "Klavierstuck XV" in Mercure Theatre of Montreal, Canada
as a canadian premiere. He collaborated as interpreter and assistant with composers such as
K. Stockhausen, L. Berio, L. Francesconi, A. Ingolffson, F. Romitelli and F. Guerrero.
At the same time he developed an aesthetic and technical research in musical composition,
realising scores for acoustic and electronic instruments, from solo to full orchestra,
performed in Europe, USA, Australia, Mexico, Indonesia and Egypt.
As a result of his long time interest in the relationship between music and other expressive means,
he realised a large number of performances in close contact with theatre, video and dance.
In 2001 he started a collaboration with Otolab, one of the most worldwide known
italian audiovisual team, with whom he created projects performed in the most important
In 2002 he founded Sincronie,
an association devoted to explore the interactions between the western written music tradition
and the manifold issues of contemporary culture. Sincronie produces events, an acoustic/electronic
ensemble and research/didactic activities.
As a natural and complementary activity to composition and production he never ceased to conduct
a continuous practise of theoretical research and didactics.
He holds the chair of “Composition for music didactics” at the "C.Monteverdi” Conservatory in Bolzano.
He is PhD candidate at the Planetary Collegium M-Node, University of Plymouth, UK.