Simone Rubino, who brilliantly won the ARD-Musikwettbewerb in 2014 and received the Crédit Suisse Young Artists Award at the Lucerne Festival in 2016, is part of a new era of percussionists who have established themselves in the classical concert world. He is committed to expanding the percussion repertoire and collaborates with composers such as Carlo Boccadoro, Avner Dorman, Adriano Gaglianello and Aziza Sadikova.
In the 2019/20 season, Rubino will perform Dorman's “Eternal Rhythm”, which he premiered in 2018 with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest and with Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini. Simone Rubino's passion for new repertoire will also be reflected in the premiere of Boccadoro's percussion concerto “L'elettricità dei sogni”, which will take place in February 2020 with the Orchestra della Toscana and Daniele Rustioni in Florence. In addition, he opens the season of the Staatsoper Hannover with Peter Eötvös' “Speaking Drums” under Kevin John Edusei and works with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under the direction of Michael Sanderling, the Tiroler Symphonieorchester under the baton of Kerem Hasan, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, directed by John Axelrod and the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini with conductor Yves Abel. He plays in various chamber music formations (including Lucas & Arthur Jussen, Alexej Gerassimez and Simon Höfele) in Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, Dortmund, Florence and tours Italy with Enrico Dindo.
Rubino's successful debut album “Immortal Bach” juxtaposes Bach's third cello suite for marimba with contemporary works by Xenakis, Piazzolla, Cage and others. With his corresponding recital programme he is a guest at numerous festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Thüringer Bachwochen, Bachfest Leipzig and MDR Musiksommer in 2019 and 2020.
In August 2019, Simone Rubino's new album was released which he recorded together with the Windsbacher Knabenchor under the title “Water and Spirit” at SONY Classical. The programme will be performed in February 2020 at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie.
Rubino has performed as a soloist with Wiener Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Münchner Philharmoniker, SWR Symphonieorchester, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. In 2019, he toured China with the Orchestre National de Lyon and Tan Dun. He has also worked with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Gimeno, Tugan Sokhiev, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Manfred Honeck, Joshua Weilerstein, Elim Chan and Francesco Angelico.
In addition to his appearances as a soloist, chamber music plays a large part in Simone Rubino’s musical life, as his concerts with trumpeter Simon Höfele, pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque or pianist Beatrice Rana prove. He is a welcome guest at renowned festivals such as “La Folle Journée” in France and Japan, Rheingau Musik Festival,
Schwetzinger Festspiele, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Musical Olympus in Russia and Pfingstfestspiele in Baden-Baden.
Born in Turin in 1993, he first studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in his hometown before moving to Munich to study with Peter Sadlo. Simone Rubino has held a professorship at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne and a visiting professorship at the Berlin Akademie der Künste since September 2019. He is Artistic Consultant of the series Fasano Musica.