Founder and Artistic Director: Ensemble K
Brazilian conductor Simone Menezes is a visionary musician, known for her creativity and innovative spirit, brilliantly combining Classical and contemporary repertoire. Whether as the Founder and Artistic Director of ‘Ensemble K‘, as a coveted guest conductor with many of the world’s most respected orchestras, or in her stunningly-creative projects in partnership between music and other arts, Simone has established herself as a rapidly rising artist of a new generation.
Last season saw Simone conduct performances with the LA Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Antwerp SO, Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine, Estonian National SO, Orchestre de Douai, and the Sinfonieorchester St Gallen. With Ensemble K, Simone performed in Paris, Venice, London, Lille and Brest. She also conducted a recording of Ravel’s Piano Concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Highlights of the 2023/24 season will include Simone’s Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine return, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Manchester Camerata, and Filarmonica de Minas Gerais.
Simone has conducted orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphonic Orchestra of Brazil, Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, Orchestre National de l’Opera de Lorraine, Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, and at the Philharmonie de Paris. She has recorded two albums and premiered over 20 works. Her latest critically acclaimed album, Metanoia, was released in February 2022.
She has curated various themed projects, including the celebrated Amazonia: a collaboration between Simone and the great Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, shining a spotlight on the ever-changing landscape of the Amazon rainforest. The critically-acclaimed Amazonia album (released in September 2023) was recently performed with Orquesta Nacionales de España, and will be later with Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.