Carmine Emanuele Cella is recognized as a computer music researcher and composer. He holds a Ph.D. in Science, Cognition, and Technology (on mathematical models for sound) from the University of Bologna, a Doctorate in Music Composition from the Accademia Nazionale “S. Ceclilia” in Rome, as well as advanced degrees in piano performance and computer music. His main research interest is the mathematical representation of musical and acoustic signals.
From 2007 to 2009 he worked as a researcher at IRCAM in Paris as part of the Analysis/Synthesis team and later served as Composer in Residence at the same institute. In 2009, he co-founded the technology and music company 31tone, with Niels Bogaards, dedicated to professional research and development for audio. From 2013 to 2015 he was head of technical design at Mogees LTD, working on human-computer interactions. From 2015 to 2016 he had a post-doc position at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris working with Stéphane Mallat on mathematical models for sound representation using deep learning and from 2017 to 2018 he had a post-doc appointment at Haute École de Musique in Geneva working on machine learning methods for computer-assisted orchestration.
As a composer, Cella is widely commissioned and he has been a member of the National French Academy in Madrid, Casa de Velazquez in 2013, and Fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 2016. He was recently honored with a nomination to the prestigious Prix de Composition Musicale from the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco and alongside such composers as Harrison Birtwistle and Kaija Saariaho, and he is finalist in the Basel composition competition 2019.