Born in Toulouse in 1989, Benjamin Attahir started by learning violin, and then became passionate about composing. Amongst his masters are Édith Canat de Chizy, Marc-André Dalbavie, Gérard Pesson, and Pierre Boulez.
At the same time, he perfected his violin skills with Ami Flammer and performed in Ensembles such as the Jersey Chamber Orchestra, l’Ensemble Intercontemporain, LSO Soundhub...
Benjamin Attahir has won numerous competitions and distinctions: le Concours Général, the USA Bloomington IHC, le Concours International de la ville de Boulogne, le prix Salabert de la SACEM and two Académie des Beaux-Arts prizes (including the Prix Pierre Cardin in 2015).
His works have been performed by various ensembles and orchestras: l’Orchestre National de France, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, l'Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Helsinki , l'Ensemble Intercontemporain, Les Éléments, the Trio Zadig, les Quatuors Arod et Van Kuijk, the Tokyo Sinfonietta… and in venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris, le Nouvel Auditorium de Radio France, le Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Zurich Tonhalle, le KKL de Lucerne, the Salzbourg Mozarteum, le Bozar de Bruxelles, the Berlin Boulez Saal, le Théâtre du Châtelet, les Bouffes du Nord, l'Arsenal de Metz, les Invalides, and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He is frequently invited to various festivals: Gaudeamus Muziekweek of Utrecht, Lucerne Festival, Festival Messiaen, Festival Aix en Provence...
Author of two operas of which he directed the premieres in 2012 and 2015, the scene staging is the backbone of his musical writing, which, like his origins, draws his inspiration midway between East and West.
He regularly collaborates with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Renaud Capuçon, Hae-Sun Kang, Geneviève Laurenceau, Marianne Piketty, Raquel Camarinha, Claude Delangle,Tugan Sokhiev and Bruno Mantovani, but also with several troops such as La Comédie Française, Quanzhou Liyuan Theater (China).
Benjamin Attahir was a resident at La Villa Médicis (16/17) and composer-in-residence at the Gstaad Festival in 2018 and at the Orchestre National de Lille for the 17/18 and 18/19 seasons.
In 2019 is premiered his concerto for soprano and violin (Je / suis / Ju / dith) for Renaud Capuçon and Raquel Camarinha and an opera from a Maeterlinck booklet which Benjamin is conducted the premiere at La Monnaie de Bruxelles in September 2019 (Le Silence des ombres).
In May 2020 will be premiered by Renaud Capuçon a concerto for violin commissionned and directed by Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin in Philharmonie Berlin.
His music is published by Salabert / Universal Music Classical.
Photo : © Julian Hargreaves