Benjamin Soistier

Percussion

Hailing from Bretagne, Benjamin Soistier now lives and works in Paris. Benjamin started his musical studies very early on, beginning with traditional French music and the tambour d'ordonnance Français. In 2007 he received the Premier Prix d'Excellence, the highest national distinction for his instrument. 

At the age of 16 he entered the Rennes Conservatoire, where he studied contemporary percussion. He was awarded the Diplôme d'Etudes Musicales à l'Unanimité du Jury in 2008, simultaneously completing a Bachelor of Music and Musicology with distinction at the University of Rennes II. In the same year, Benjamin graduated with a Diplôme d'Etat in percussion. He now teaches a class at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris. He started playing drumkit at a young age in ska-jazz, funk, hip-hop and electro groups; he is currently studying oriental percussion instruments such as the darbouka, the zarb and the tablas. He also ventures on stage for theatre and musical theatre, performing in choreographed urban percussion shows.

His projects to date have included performances in venues such as Paris Bercy, les Zéniths de Saint-Etienne et d'Angoulême, le Parc Expo de Rennes, le Théâtre du Chatelet, l'Opéra de Rennes et de Bordeaux, le Grand Théâtre de Lorient, le Théâtre National du Quartz à Brest and le Réservoir à Paris among others. Internationally, Benjamin has played in the Netherlands, New York, Germany, Turkey, Madrid and Prague.

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