Born in Balerna, Switzerland in 1970. Nadir Vassena studied composition in Milano with Bruno Zanolini and with Johannes Schöllhorn in Freiburg i.B. In 1993 he participated in composition courses in Royaumont, held by Brian Ferneyhough. He has been invited to numerous international festivals and awarded prizes on various occasions; in 1992 to the Competition of the WDR of Köln, Germany, in 1994 to the Institut für Neue Musik der Hochschule der Künste of Berlin (first prize ex aequo), in 1997 to the Mozart-Wettbewerb of Salzburg, Austria. In 1999 he was awarded the first prize of the Christoph Delz Foundation of Basel, Switzerland. In 2000 he received a grant from the Schloss-Solitude Foundation of Stuttgart and in 2002, the artists' residence Denkmalschmiede Höfgen/Margarethenstiftung. For the academic year 2002-2003, he was a member of the “Istituto Svizzero” in Rome.