As a “phenomenon“ (Süddeutsche Zeitung), as a “rhythmic genius“ (Die ZEIT), the performances of Christian Benning had been commended in many ways. The career of the versatile multi percussionist is in its early stages though.
Following successful performances as member of Simone Rubino's Esegesi Percussion Quartet at renowned festivals Christian Benning has been invited to Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie München, Allerheiligen-Hofkirche München, Glocke Bremen, Bonn Beethoven-Haus, Graz Musikverein, Neues Schloss Stuttgart, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, Festival Les Musicales d ́Orient in France, Goodwin Hall Baltimore, The Abbey San Diego, Opera Port Louis-Mauritius among others. Upcoming highlights include tours to Italy, Spain and China.
Christian Benning already founded his own drum ensemble Christian Benning Percussion Group in 2014 which immediately impressed at the first appearances in Munich, Augsburg and Dachau, whereby ‘the precision of the band was only topped by the joy of playing’ (Augsburger Allgemeine).
In addition Benning has an extensive orchestral experience which he gained at Audi Sommerkonzerte Ingolstadt with Kent Nagano, Munich Philharmonic, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn Chamber Orchestra, Franz-Schmidt Chamber Orchestra Vienna, Bayerische Philharmonie and Munich Percussion Ensemble among others.
Christian Benning is also an active composer and producer. Since 2019 he is official artist of Meinl Cymbals, Meinl Percussion, Meinl Stick&Brush, Studio49 Royal Percussion, AlternateMode and SchlagZu. For his performances he is additionally appareled by Etnia and van Laack.
Benning was chosen as a junior student at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich with Adel Shalaby at the age of 13 and has won several competitions such as the Marimba-Festiva Competition Nuremberg in 2010. He subsequently completed his studies in the classes of Peter Sadlo and Arnold Riedhammer from 2014 to 2019 with special distinction. In addition, Christian Benning took part in workshops and masterclasses by Martin Grubinger, Evelyn Glennie, Lang Lang and Sir Andras Schiff.
As part of his scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation and the Orlandus-Lassus Foundation Christian Benning completed lately a semester in USA at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore/MD) and at the Yale School of Music (NewHaven/CT) with Robert van Sice.
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Christian Benning ist am 1. Dezember 2023 mit einer Solo Percussion Performance in Dachau mit Werken von Isaac Albeniz, Iannis Xenakis, Casey Cangelosi u.a. zu erleben.
Christian Benning is presenting a solo percussion performance in Dachau on 1 December 2023 featuring music by Isaac Albeniz, Iannis Xenakis, Casey Cangelosi etc.
Multiperkussionist Christian Benning ist beim Young Artists Festival in Bayreuth in vier Konzerten mit verschiedenen Ensembles vom 9. - 12. August 2023 zu erleben.
Multi percussionist Christian Benning performs four concerts with various ensembles at Young Artists Festival in Bayreuth from 9-12 August 2023.https://www.youngartistsbayreuth.de/en/the-program/events.html
Am 7. Januar 2023 ist Christian Benning special guest beim Perkussion Ensemble Sa.Ne.Na in Istanbul, Borusan Music House. Zu hören sind Werke von Iannis Xenakis, Casey Cangelosi, Amy Salsgiver, Paul Lansky u.a.
Christian Benning is special guest with Percussion Ensemble Sa.Ne.Na in Istanbul, Borusan Music House on 7 January 2023 featuring a programme by Iannis Xenakis, Casey Cangelosi, Amy Salsgiver, Paul Lansky etc.
Die Christian Benning Percussion Group eröffnet am 2. September 2022 die Kulturpromenade der zukünftigen Kulturraffinerie in Monheim/Rhein in einem Open Air Konzert.
The Christian Benning Percussion Group is on festival tour with music by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Ravel, Reich, Xenakis, Corea etc:
05.08. Höri Musiktage: Öhningen, 09./11./12.08. Festival
Junger Künstler Bayreuth: Bayreuth & Speinshart, 10.08. Landshuter Serenadenkonzerte: Landshut, 14.08. (solo), 15.08. White Night: Seefeld, AustriaRead more
Die Christian Benning Percussion Group ist auf Festivaltour mit Werken von J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Ravel, Reich, Xenakis, Corea zu erleben:
05.08. Höri Musiktage: Öhningen, 09./11./12.08. Festival
Junger Künstler Bayreuth: Bayreuth & Speinshart, 10.08. Landshuter Serenadenkonzerte: Landshut, 14.08. (solo), 15.08. White Night: Seefeld, ÖsterreichRead more
On 3 October the Christian Benning Percussion Group guests at Konzerthaus Coesfeld in quintet formation. The programme includes arrangements by J.S. Bach, Beethoven and compositions by Chick Corea, Iannis Xenakis, Mark Glentworth etc.
The multipercussionist Christian Benning presents a solo performance in Dachau, Ludwig-Thoma-Haus on 18 and 30 May with music by Iannis Xenakis, Isaac Albeniz,
Mark Glentworth, Casey Cangelosi, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, Wolfgang Reifeneder as well as own compositions and arrangements.Read more
Der Multiperkussionist Christian Benning ist am 18. und 30. Mai in Dachau, Ludwig-Thoma-Haus mit einer Soloperformance zu erleben. Auf dem Programm stehen
u.a. Werke von Iannis Xenakis, Isaac Albeniz, Mark Glentworth, Casey Cangelosi, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, Wolfgang Reifeneder und eigene Kompositionen/Arrangements.Read more
Sehen Sie hier ein Video der Christian Benning Percussion Group aus dem Herkulessaal München mit Werken von J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Thierry de Mey etc. <link https: www.youtube.com>
Here a video of Christian Benning Percussion Group from Herkulessaal Munich with music by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Thierry de Mey etc. <link https: www.youtube.com _blank>
Enjoy Christian Benning and his Percussion Group at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with highlights of their concert in January 2020: <link https: www.youtube.com _blank>
Christian Benning presented a livestream concert from his studio on 29 March.
Here the links:
<link https: www.instagram.com christianbenningpercussion _blank>
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Christian Benning gab am 29. März ein Livestream Konzert aus seinem Studio. Hier die Links:
<link https: www.instagram.com christianbenningpercussion>
Wir wünschen Ihnen viel Vergnügen beim Nachhören!Read more
A very special highlight of the evening was “Musique de Table” by Thierry De Mey. All six musicians sat next to each other at a long table and only played with their fingers and hands.
The ensemble put the individual voices together in a very musical way and always kept the perfect tuning, even if the rhythmic pulse was not played audibly and the required
playing techniques of tapping, stroking, clapping and combinations of these required a lot of concentration.
All this resulted in a captivating staging of the play, and the audience rewarded it hilariously here as well.
www.orchestergraben.com, Stefan Pillhofer, 13.05.2022
The musicians are playing the 2nd movement from Beethoven's 7th Symphony with finely tuned dynamics and chamber music quality, but also let the dance temperament glow authentically implementing enthusiastically Joachim Horsley's Beethoven in Havana. The ensemble also fascinates with contemporary drum music. […] Casey Cagelosi's Bad touch is the only visual thing in the darkened room. Christian Benning moves his hands and stick in a virtuoso pantomime to a playback with rhythmic noises. Very impressive. […] Thierry de Mey's Musique de table is an acoustic and optical pleasure in a class of its own. Standing ovations and loud cheers.
Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Claus-Ulrich Heinke, 13.10.2020
Christian Benning's complements instrumental virtuosity, demonstrated with technical precision and finesse, through gentle, graceful play, in which the hall holds its breath with tension and pure emotion. The 24-year-old percussionist from Munich has mastered this balance between perfection and emotion like a master. [...] His eloquent moderation and his video concept with live cameras on and above the stage, which keep changing the perspective and changing thus also made a completely different concert experience possible. […]
A breathtaking arrangement of the famous "Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven for two marimbas, vibraphone, bass marimba and drum arranged for the Christian Benning Percussion Group by Peter Lawrence, has rocked the audience.
<link http: www.hamburg-magazin.de>www.hamburg-magazin.de, 22.01.2020
With exuberant playfulness and confident playing techniques, Christian Felix Benning explored all the melodic and dynamic possibilities of each individual instrument and extended them to unprecedentedly innovative effects. He elicited a multi-movement suite of a snare drum by the use of his arms and hands, including various drumsticks, which themselves turned back into sound producers. [...] In the Black Light Theatre he visualized sounds from the playback in a sort of magic show as synchronously as if they were springing from his hands [...] In duos, trios, quartet and quintet formations with hand percussion, lyrical themes from the vibraphone, singing resonances of the marimba to hot samba his percussion group interacted with a sensitive interplay. Two encores for the fully enthusiastic audience.
Münchner Merkur, Thomas Schaffert, 30.10.2019
Christian Benning is one of the most gifted percussion talents
of our time. Whether drum set, marimba or with a solo drum, Benning
convinces with extraordinary playing culture, rousing rhythms and
unbelievable tempo. Together with the four first-rate young professionals,
the ensemble burned a real musical firework with music by Chick Corea,
Iannis Xenakis and Mark Glendworth. [...] Music by J.S. Bach and Mozart's
"Alla turca" finally drew the audience into standing ovations.
Main Post, Stefan Kritzer, 01.05.2019
The exceptional musical talent Christian Benning and his ensemble set off
a firework of rhythms and sounds [...] Like wings of hummingbirds, the
coloured felt sticks of their mallets flutter on the wooden sound bars of
marimba and drums in Nebojša Jovan Živković's Setup trio. [...] In the
German first performance of Paul Lansk's "Treads" every action is timed,
hands easily reach right and left, whirling the drumsticks like machines at
an impressive speed. Benning's colleagues are just as convincing with their
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Petra Neumaier, 10.02.2019
Christian Benning and his percussionists fully exploited
the range of percussion instruments and made the program
very varied. The stylistic variety ranged from arranged classical
pieces to standard works to a threesome played on one drum or
African sounds. [...] The young musicians showed excellent timing,
sense of rhythm, virtuosity and empathy and played with elan and
with a lot of fun at the music. [...] Stormy applause and bravos.
Münchner Merkur, Susanna Morper, 11.07.2016
Exceptional percussion talent in Dachau:
As soon as he plays, the audience is captivated by him. [...] He always manages to elicit completely new timbres from instruments. Lets the triplets rattle down evenly like quiet rattling or can even imitate the rattling and rattling of an old steam locomotive as in the play "Le Train" by Dante Agostini. In his own composition "Footsteps" he amazes with ever new more difficult rhythm combinations on the drums, constantly switching back and forth with both feet between several cymbals and drums.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Viktoria Hausmann, 21.05.2021
|Repertoire with orchestra:
Tobias Broström: Concerto for Percussion „Arena“
Ferran Cruixent: Concerto for Percussion „Focs d’Artifici“
Avner Dorman: Concerto for Percussion „Frozen in Time“
Tan Dun: Concerto for Percussion „Tears of Nature“
Dorothea Hofman: Concerto for Vibraphone „Sehnsucht“ (world premiere 2021)
Ney Rosauro: Concerto for Marimba
Emmanuel Séjourné: Concerto for Vibraphone Satoshi Yagisawa: Concerto for Marimba