Born in 1924 in Venice, Italy. After receiving a doctorate in criminal law from the University of Padua, Nono resumed his study of composition with Bruno Maderna and Hermann Scherchen. From 1954 to 1960 Nono taught in Darmstadt. His works of this time were closely tied to contemporary political issues. Nono was artistic director of the experimental studio of the Heinrich-Strobel-Foundation in Freiburg.