Simone Beneventi


photo by Neda Navaee

Percussionist Simone Beneventi, awarded with a Silver Lion at the 2010 Venice Biennale Musica (Repertorio Zero project), performs as a soloist interpreter of 20th and 21st-century music in seasons such as Festival Aperto, L'Arsenale Festival, Autumn Warsaw, Berliner Konzerthaus, La Biennale Musica di Venezia and Zagreb, Espace sonore of Basel, Gaida-Vilnius Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Krakow International Festival, Impuls Graz, Manca Festival in Nice, Milano Musica, Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Romaeuropa Festival, Stockholm Samtida.

His research on sound, new instrument design and new compositional solutions for percussion led him to collaborate with important composers (Battistelli , Billone, Maxwell Davies, Dufourt, Fedele, Goebbels, Lachenmann, Lang, Nova, Romitelli, Sciarrino), with international companies (Aterballetto, Berlin PianoPercussion, Prometeo Ensemble, Klangforum Wien, mdi ensemble, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart) and artists such as Matmos, Morricone, Malkovich, Namčylak, PanSonic, Zamboni.

In 2012 he produced the Golfi d'ombra project for the Venice Music Biennale: a concert within an installation of 55 suspended instruments and real-time video (IanniX) that begins with the reconstruction of the homonymous and unpublished work by Romitelli. The Extended Wood Percussion solo project (2017) explores the relationship between concrete objects and lo-fi digital technology on wooden instruments, in collaboration with the artisan Bussi and several composers.

He artistic coordinator and member of ZAUM_percussion, since 2018 ensemble in residence at Festival Milano Musica. 

He has played with the most prestigious Italian orchestras including Filarmonica della Scala, Filarmonica della Fenice, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Orchestra Mozart by Claudio Abbado, Spiramirabilis.

He has recorded for several record labels and has been broadcast on numerous European radio stations. He is a professor of percussion at the Conservatory of Sassari.

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