Italo-Brazilian conductor based in France, Simone Menezes is known for her artistic leadership and innovation. With a visionary and cosmopolitan personality, she explores new creative interpretative possibilities, mixing the Standard and Contemporary repertory. At 20 years old, she created her first orchestra, also founded the Camerata Latino Americana, distinguished in the International Society for the Performing Arts of New York, and co-founded the “Villa-Lobos Project”, an international project dedicated to brazilian classical repertory. In 2017, she arrives in Europe where she will be quickly renown for her talent, and became invited conductor by many prestigious orchestras. Recently engagements include orchestras such as Rotterdams Philharmonic Orchestra (Holland), Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre National du Pays de la Loire, Orchestre National de l'Opera de Lorraine (France), Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional (Rio de Janeiro - Brazil), Osaka Symphony Orchestra, between others. She has recorded 2 CDs and premiered over 20 works. In 2019 she was second place in the European Competition of Female Conductor Mawoma - Maestra Women in Vienne. In 2020 her debut his new project "K" based in the geographical triangle Brussels - North France - Paris. In 2021, among others, she will conduct a project based in the theme of the Amazon Rainforest in partnership with an exhibition of the great photographer Sebastiao Salgado.
"With a fiery enthusiasm and energy, Simone Menezes gave a captivating interpretation (...) the public did not spare the applause, until the final ovation" (Marcel Quillévéré - France Musique)
"Great talent for conducting, natural presence, energy and charisma! (Frederic Chaslin, conductor)
"She has all... and I strongly recommend her..." (Paavo Jarvi, conductor)