Michele Dall’Ongaro graduated from the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, where he studied Composition, Electronic Musica, Choral Music, Choral Direction, and Theory and Technique of Popular Singing.
He then specialised with Aldo Clementi and also undertook Orchestra Direction with Franco Ferarra, Lev Markitz and Jaques Bodmer. Founding member of the ensemble, ‘Spettro Sonoro', he been very active in popularizing new music (Cage, Stockhausen, Evangelisti, Clementi, Scelsi…) both as a performer and as the creator of radio and television shows (Che musica è? in 1979; Ritratto di Barbara Giuranna, in 1996).
As a teacher, he has taught for more than twenty years at the Conservatorio Alfredo Casella
in Aquila and Lorenzo Perosi in Campobasso, as well as at la Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio, in Rome, where he was also among the founding partners.
His compositions have been performed on all continents and been included in various CD recordings. His activity as a scholar has been significant (having written important essays and other publications for various editors) and he has collaborated with some of the great personalities of his times such as Luciano Berio, Vittorio Sermonti, Luca Ronconi and Ennio Morricone
In his public career, he has held and still holds many institutional positions from the Romaeuropa Festival to the Biennale di Venezia and even the management of Radio3.