Mario Pettenati was born in Parma. He began his musical studies with the violin and the viola; he graduated in Composition in 1996 with honors at the “A. Boito” Conservatory of Parma, and in Band Instrumentation always at the same Conservatory, where he also attended film music courses.
In 1990 and 1994 he joined the Stipenienpreis to participate in the Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik (Darmstadt). He also attended courses at the “G. Petrassi” Academy, organized by the “A. Toscanini” Orchestra. Later he completed his studies as a conductor. As a composer he is a finalist and winner of numerous national and international competitions, including: “Gaudeamus Music Week 1990”, in Amsterdam; ed. ’90, “Camillo Togni” of Brescia, ed. ’90 -’92, “Neopoiesis” in Palermo; “Again Music”, in Reggio Emilia, “Biennial young artists of the Mediterranean”, held in Lisbon; The show “Anima mia voluttuosa e futurista” was selected to represent Italy at the eighth edition of the “Cairo International Experimental Theater Festival (Egypt), organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.” The show was subsequently replicated for the Italian Cultural Institute, in front of various authorities including the Italian ambassador, the minister of culture and the Egyptian president, his music was performed at various events: “Trajectories”, held at the Teatro Regio di Parma, he also composed music for various short films, documentaries and advertising jingles, he composed an “Oratorio”: “Lectura Dantis” (ed. L’oca del Cairo), interpreted by the “F. Päer” Polyphonic Choir of “A. Toscanini” Orchestra for the first time at the “G. Rossini” Theater in Lugo di Romagna (Ra) in the symphonic season and then for the reopening of the Certosa di Parma, as part of the “Musica in Galleria” exhibition; in San Remo, for the symphonic season, for the first time “Iter Dantis” (another song that is part of the Dante cycle) was played (by the Goose of Cairo) with the Philharmonic Orchestra of St. Remo, the Teatro Regio di Parma commissioned him a Requiem in memory of Giuseppe Verdi performed for the centenary of his death, as conductor of the Orchestra and great expert of ancient and baroque music (he regularly collaborates with the chorus Quod libet) invited in various exhibitions national and international: Zagreb, Split, Parma, Rome and others. He collaborates as a Promoter Master at the Teatro Regio di Parma.