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). He is nominated at Victoire de la musique classique in 2019 and 2021 in category "composer of the year".
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, l'Orchestre Philharmonique d'Helsinki, l'Orchestre Royal de la Monnaie, le Gubenkian Orchestra, l'Orchestre National de Lille, le Netherlands Philharmonic, l'Ensemble Intercontemporain, Les Éléments, Musicatreize, la Maîtrise de Radio France, le Trio Zadig, les Quatuors Arod et Van Kuijk, le Tokyo Sinfonietta... and in venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris, le Nouvel Auditorium de Radio France, le Concertgebouw d'Amsterdam, la Tonhalle de Zurich, le KKL de Lucerne, le Mozarteum de Salzbourg, le Bozar de Bruxelles, la Boulez Saal de Berlin, le Théâtre du Châtelet, les Bouffes du Nord, l'Arsenal de Metz, les Invalides, ou encore le Suntory Hall de Tokyo. He is frequently invited to various festivals: Festival de Pâques d'Aix en Provence, Les Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Lucerne Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek d'Utrecht, Festival des Arcs, Messiaen au pays de la Meije, 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. In 2019 he conducted theOrchestre Royal de La Monnaie for his third lyric work, Le Silence des ombres on a M.Maeterlinck libretto.
He regularly collaborates with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Renaud Capuçon, Bertrand Chamayou, Emmanuel Pahud, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Marc Coppey, Henri Demarquette, Gérard Caussé, Hae-Sun Kang, Geneviève Laurenceau, Raquel Camarinha, Claude Delangle, Olivier Stankiewiez, Tugan Sokhiev, Pascal Rophéi, but also with several troops such as La Comédie Française, Quanzhou Liyuan Theater (China).
Benjamin Attahir was a resident at the Villa Médicis (16/17), composer in residence at the Orchestre National de Lille (17/19) and at the Orchestre de la Fondation Gulbenkian in Lisbon (19), and will be associated with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne for the 21/22 season.
His music is published by Salabert / Universal Music Classical.
Photo : © Julian Hargreaves