Check out my new CD with La Chimera Ensamble and the direction of Eduardo Egüez

  • Toccata e fuga BWV 565, Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Verano Porteño, Astor Piazzolla
  • Brandenburg Concerto in G Major BWV, 1048 Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Oblivion, Astor Piazzolla
  • Chaconne BWV 1004, Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Fuga y Misterio, Astor Piazzolla
  • Violin Concerto in E major BWV 1042, Johann Sebastian Bach (Allegro – Adagio – Allegro assai)
  • Marimbando, Leonardo Teruggi

"I think he will be taking the music world by storm"

Pamela Rosenberg

How he oversees, manages, plays and caresses the various percussion instruments gives the impression that Rubino is able to elicit every timbre possible from an orchestra

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

What should one praise more: the incredible dexterity with which he executes thunderous rolls on the drums, tom-toms and bongos, makes the claves clang or dances along the xylophone? Or the sensitivity with which the gongs, chimes and cymbals blend with the high strings and delicate woodwinds?

Isabel HerzfeldDer Tagesspiegel

“Simone Rubino gifted 20 minutes of marvel in which a minute body was playing surrounded by hundreds of conventional and unconventional instruments… – to play them with mastery often using the face and other parts of his body as surface to produce sound.”

Short Bio

Since winning the ARD competition in 2014 and receiving the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2016, Simone Rubino has been winning enthusiastic audiences both as a soloist (with the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, among other orchestras) under the baton of maestros such as Zubin Mehta, Manfred Honeck and Tan Dun, and in his outstanding collaborations (with the Labèque sisters and Beatrice Rana, among others).

A regular guest at festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and La folle Journée (both in France and Japan), he has taken percussion from the periphery to the centre of the classical, contemporary and even baroque scene. The idea of building a bridge – between generations, styles, ideas – is central to Simone’s creative process.

A quick glance at his discography is enough to understand how the process of juxtaposition (of the old and the new, the sacred and the profane, the ‘popular’ and the ‘refined’) underlies his diverse and daring experiments: from Bach, to Piazzolla, to John Cage, not to mention fascinating jeux d’eau and children’s choirs.

In particular, encounters and clashes between generations are the artist’s theme of choice today: namely the value and challenges posed by the dialogue between ancient and modern, fathers and sons, classical and contemporary. Furthermore, he challenges himself to bring today’s generations closer to concert halls.

A Fellow, as of February 2020, of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, Simone has decided to dedicate the prize entirely to experimenting in this direction and to commissioning original works.

First, Il ritmo della Terra (“The Earth’s Rhythm”, 2020), conceived with Lamberto Curtoni during the first lock-down of the Covid-19 pandemic, where Simone Rubino becomes the spokesperson, through the words of the poet Mariangela Gualtieri, of a “past” humanity that rediscovers Nature (and itself) from behind the windows, in isolation, thus laying the foundations for a future humanity.

Then Little Prince, an interdisciplinary project around Saint-Exupéry’s Petit Prince that, just like Il Ritmo della Terra, requires the artist to bring his own voice to the stage in addition to his percussion instruments.

With original music by Peter Wittrich, the creation will be premiered in December 2021 at the Heidelberger Frühling.

Alongside the multi-disciplinary projects, the 2021/2022 season includes collaborations with orchestras such as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and the Kammerakademie Potsdam, under the direction, respectively, of Michael Sanderling, Kristian Jarvi and Antonello Malacorda.

Born in Turin in 1993, Simone Rubino trained at the Giuseppe Verdi conservatory in his hometown with Riccardo Balbinutti before moving to Munich to join Peter Sadlo’s class.

Since 2019, he has held a percussion chair at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne, as well as a visiting professor chair at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.

Media & Press

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A video selection

A few video of my performances 

NDR Percussion 3:45

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester  Stefan Geiger, conductor NDR Percussion, ensamble Takemitsu: “From me flows what you call Time” for 5 percussionists and orchestra

Hundreds 1:06:48

Music Discovery Project 2018 – Frankfurt

hr-Sinfonieorchester – Elim Chan

Various 41.50

Live in Santa Cecilia- Rome

Orchestra di Santa Cecilia – Manfred Honeck


CD Cover X-MAS Contemporary: 24 Contemporary Christmas Songs

X-Mas Contemporary

cover cd zeit und ewigkeit

Zeit und Ewigkeit

cover cd Immortal Bach

Immortal Bach

Cover CD Water and spirit

Water & Spirit

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