Simone Beneventi
(Reggio Emilia -1982)

Percussionist and performer, he has performed as soloist of the XX and XXI century music, at Festivals such as La Biennale di Venezia, Milano Musica, Parco della Musica di Roma, Festival Aperto di Reggio Emilia, L’Arsenale di Treviso, Festival Manca in Nice, Espace sonore in Basel, Samtida in Stockholm, Zagreb Biennale, Autumn Warsaw, Gaida in Vilnius, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Already awarded with the Silver Lion at the Venice 2010 Music Biennale (Repertorio Zero Project), his research on sound, the design of new instruments and new compositional percussion solutions have brought him, in a short time, to collaborate with leading avant-garde composers (Pierluigi Billone, Peter Maxwell Davies, Ivan Fedele, Heinri Goebbels, Helmut Lachenmann, David Lang, Riccardo Nova, Fausto Romitelli, Salvatore Sciarrino), European ensembles (Klangforum Wien, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble Prometeo, mdi ensemble) and artists such as PanSonic, Matmos, Ennio Morricone, John Malkovich, Sainkho Namtchylak, Massimo Zamboni, defining his performative field as “Creative Solism”.

In 2012 he produced for the Venice Biennale the Golfi d’ombra project: a solo concert within an installation of 55 suspended instruments and real-time video (IanniX).
His project Extended Wood percussion solo (2017) explores exclusively wooden instruments, in collaboration with artisan Giuseppe Bussi and several composers, the relationship between concrete instruments and digital technology: a relationship that opens up dimensions so far unaspected to instrumental sets still not oriented to solo recital.
He is currently working with director Daniele Abbado for a new version of Jules Verne’s performance, (1983) by Giorgio Battistelli, for three percussionist-performers.

He has performed with the most prestigious Italian orchestras including the Filarmonica La Scala, la Fenice di Venezia, il Maggio Musicale Fiorentino e l’ Opera di Roma.
He has recorded for Aeon, Kairos, Neos, Stradivarius, Wergo, and has been broadcast by numerous European radio stations such as Rai-Radio3, Croatian Radio, Austrian Radio, Deutschlandfunk, Antena-3.
Interpreter’s career alongside both a teaching activity (professor at the Conservatory of Sassari) and research, realizing percussion music editions (in collaboration with Ed. Ricordi), and publications of musicological interest. Occasionally she is also involved in the planning of events, both as a music consultant (Collezione Maramotti, Festival Fotografia Europea) and as an artistic director (Festival Percussione Temporanea).