Born in Milan in 1970, Dario Palermo studied with Giorgio Colombo Taccani, and Giovanni Verrando, and attending classes and lectures, with Pierre Boulez, Franco Donatoni, Emmanuel Nunes, and particularly with Gerard Grisey. During the early years of his career as performer, he played all over Europe in several ensembles, chamber groups and orchestras with, amongst others, Vaclav Neumann, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Allen, and Claudio Abbado.
In 2003, he was selected by the Reading Panel of IRCAM, Institut de Recherché et Coordination Acoustique/Musique of Paris, for their Composition and Music Computer Technologies course.
Between 1993 and 1999 he collaborated with Agon, centre for research and production via the use of electronic and computer technologies, with Luca Francesconi as Artistic Director. In Agon, he was involved in the programming and realization of concerts, installations, music-theatre works, and festivals.
Dario Palermo has composed works for forces varying from solo instruments to orchestra, largely involving the use of electroacoustic devices and new technologies. His compositions have been performed throughout Europe, Americas and Asia. He has received commissions from many organization, festival, ensembles and chamber groups. His most recent works have been premiered at Kings Place, London; Mediarte Festival, Monterrey; Sonorities festival, Belfast; Dance Umbrella Festival at Southbank Centre's Purcell Room, London; Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City; Gare du Nord, Basel; Visiones Sonoras Festival, Morelia; Venice Biennale.
Since 1995, he has taught composition, theory and analysis, electro acoustic composition and new technologies; between 1999 and 2002, he joined the Centro Tempo Reale, Florence, Italy, to work and accomplish Luciano Berio project for Basic Musical Literacy for children via the use of New Technologies. He has been invited to lecture in special courses, advanced seminars, and master classes in several conservatoires and universities worldwide.