Bio

Photo: Matina Banou

Photo: Matina Banou

Christian Benvenuti is a composer, performer, visual artist, teacher and researcher. Christian writes music that explores different approaches to musical time and multiple languages and styles. From medieval Mongolian letters, Microsoft user guides, and McDonald’s employment policies to dew drops, French folk songs, and voices recorded amidst the soundscape of his home city of Porto Alegre — his works draw on a great variety of unexpected and unusual sources of inspiration.

His works have been performed in Brazil, the UK, Greece, China, the United States, and Germany in venues as diverse as a planetarium and the South Bank Centre in London.

Minutes before a performance of Benvenuti's opera "P-U-N-C-H"

Minutes before a performance of Benvenuti’s opera “P-U-N-C-H” / Photo: Ricardo Lannes

As an active percussionist of early and contemporary music, Christian performed alongside the British ensemble Il Festino, as well as the award-winning Conjunto de Câmara de Porto Alegre, with which he recorded albums of early music and contemporary music for historical instruments.

Going medieval on the doumbek. (Photo: Myra Conçalves, 1999)

Going medieval on the doumbek. (Photo: Myra Conçalves, 1999)

Christian Benvenuti studied at the University of Surrey, where he won the David Lovatt Prize and completed his doctorate under supervision of Professor Stephen Goss, and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, where he completed his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees under supervision of Professor Antônio C. B. Cunha and Professor Celso G. Loureiro Chaves. He also attended classes with Roger Reynolds, John White, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and Brian Ferneyhough. With a CAPES grant, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) in 2015 and is now a postdoctoral research fellow at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).

Christian is also on Facebook.

If you would like to get in touch, please use the form below. You can also send a message to chris@christianbenvenuti.com.