Aureliano Cattaneo was born in Italy in 1974. He studied piano and composition with Vincenzo Balzani, Carlo Landini, Pippo Molino and Sonia Bo in Piacenza and Milan. He attended Masterclasses with Gerard Grisey and Mauricio Sotelo.
Winner of prizes of composition, in 2003 he won the "Comité de Lecture de l'IRCAM/Ensemble InterContemporain" and in 2005 he was selected as "Stipendiat" by the Akademie der Künste of Berlin. in 2007 he was composer in residence of Ensemble 2e2m, Paris.
He has been awarded with the Förderpreis of the Musikpreis Salzburg 2013.
In 2016 He has been awarded with the "Premio Abbiati" for the "best premier" in Italy with "parole di settembre" (Venice Biennale) and "insieme" (Milano Musica).
His works have been performed in important Festival and venues: Münchener Biennale, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Wien Modern, Festival Musica Strasbourg, Biennale di Venezia, Salzburg Biennale, MärzMusik Berlin, Musica Viva München, Warsaw Autumn, Milano Musica, Festival Presences Paris, Gaudeamus Amsterdam, Wien - Konzerthaus, Berlin – Konzerthaus, Paris - Centre Pompidou, Bilbao - Museo Guggenheim, Munich - Gasteig, Madrid - Auditorio Nacional, New York, London, Rome, Milan, Turin, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Geneve, Basel, and played by leading ensembles and orchestras as SWR Sinfonie Orchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, WDR Sinfonie Orchester, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI, Klangforum Wien, ensemble musikFabrik, Quatuor Diotima, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Trio Accanto, Ensemble Contrechamps, mdi ensemble, Ensemble 2e2m, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Schola Heidelberg, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble S, ChorWerk Ruhr, Ensemble Mosaik, Öenm, Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble Espai Sonor, Trio Arbos, conducted by Emilio Pomarico, Sylvain Cambreling, Francois-Xavier Roth, Stefan Asbury, Susanna Mälkki, Beat Furrer, Michael Wendeberg, Lothar Zagrosek, Lucas Vis, Johannes Kalitzke, Enno Poppe, Walter Nussbaum, Sandro Gorli, Voro Garcia.
In June 2008 his first orchestral piece, “Violinkonzert”, was premiered at Konzerthaus Berlin by Viviane Hagner, violin and the Konzerthaus Orchester conducted by Lothar Zagrosek. His second piece for orchestra, “Selfportrait with orchestra”, was premiered by SWR Sinfonie Orchester conducted by Emilio Pomarico in Festival Musica Strasbourg 2010.
His chamber opera "la philosophie dans le labyrinthe", wrote joint with the poet Edoardo Sanguineti, was premiered in 2006 at the "10. Münchener Biennale". In october 2013 his full lenght vocal cycle "parole di settembre", on poems by Edoardo Sanguineti dedicated to Andrea Mantegna and visuals by Arotin&Serghei, was premiered in the Grosses Saal of Wien Konzerthaus by Klangforum Wien.
In June 2011 the label Stradivarius released a Cd dedicated to his works, performed by Petra Hoffmann, soprano, Carlos Gil, trombone and Ensemble Espai Sonor, conducted by Voro Garcia.
He received commissions from Klangforum Wien, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble musikFabrik, Ensemble Contrechamps, Münchener Biennale, Berliner Konzerthaus, Saarländischer Rundfunk, SWR for Donaueschinger Musiktage, WDR for Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, IRCAM - Centre Pompidou, Milano Musica, Festival Prfesences - Radio France, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Musica Viva of Bayerische Rundfunk, Netzzeit and Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Festival Musica Strasbourg, MärzMusik Berlin, Alois Lageder, Spanish Ministry of Culture and French Ministry of Culture, among others.
Since 2010 he is professor at ESMUC (Escuela Superior de Musica de Catalunya) - Barcelona.
His works are published by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni, Milan. He lives in Madrid.