Simone Menezes is a talented young Brazilian conductor widely recognized for her artistic leadership, creativity and innovation. She founded and leads the Camerata Latino Americana, a chamber orchestra that has attracted the attention of the International Society for the Performing Arts in New York and the Association of British Orchestras in London due to the innovative and creative quality of its output.
She also created and works as adviser to and conductor of the “Villa-Lobos Project”, an international project dedicated to the performance of Villa Lobos around the world. The project is supported by Funarte - the Brazilian Arts Foundation. She has recorded 3 CDs and premiered over 20 works. Simone has directed orchestras in France, the United States, Portugal and Eastern Europe and has collaborated with Paavo Jarvi, Marin Alsop, Thomas Adés, Ole Edward Antonsen and Antonio Meneses, among others.
Simone first studied conducting in Brazil and then in Paris at the École Normale de Musique de Paris where she received the Diplôme Superieur de Direction d’Orchestre after only one year of study where it is customary is to be awarded the Diplôme after 3 years. She was also a regular student of Mr. Colin Metters in London and specialized in conducting contemporary music, as a resident with Remix Ensemble (Portugal) and Ensemble Multilaterale (Paris).
Ms Menezes returned to Brazil in 2008 and assumed the position of Principal Conductor of the Unicamp Symphony Orchestra, where she stayed until 2012. Unicamp is ranked as the second best university in Latin America according to "Times Higher Education”. While at Unicamp, she released two albums of Brazilian Contemporary Music and received a nomination by the Music Critics Association of São Paulo as the best Brazilian musical project in 2011. In 2012, Marin Alsop invited her to the Campos do Jordão Music Festival.
In 2013 and 2014 she was invited by Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi and Leonid Grin to participate in the Parnu Music Festival and Järvi Academy. In 2013, and was also invited by the Orchestre de Paris to participate in the Assistant Conductor Competition 2014 at Salle Pleyel. In 2013 Simone founded the Camerata Latino Americana and in 2016 she developed the ¨Villa- Lobos Project¨ working with some of the today’s finest Brazilian musicians in international collaborations.
Currently she conducts regularly at the Sala São Paulo, the main Brazilian Concert Hall and has a fellowship to assist Paavo Järvi in several projects, she had been with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Symphoniker Wien, Staatskapelle Berlin, among others.
Recently engagements include Orchestre Pasdeloup (Paris), Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional (Rio de Janeiro), Orchestre National de Lille, among others.