Beniamino Paganini (b.1994) is a passionate traverso player, harpsichordist, ensemble leader and musicologist. Besides his main instruments, traverso and harpsichord, he also performs on claviorganum, organ and recorder. He was named Young Musician of the Year 2020 by the Belgian Music Press and Klara selected him as one of the « twenty musicians in their twenties ».
Beniamino is the founder and, together with Nele Vertommen, artistic director of Musica Gloria, with which he performs concerts for organisations such as AMUZ (BE), BachFest Leipzig (DE), BOZAR (BE), Concertgebouw Brugge (BE), De Bijloke (BE), Klara (BE), Les Festivals de Wallonie (BE), MA Festival (BE), Musica Antica (NL) en Trigonale Festival (AT). With Musica Gloria he plays about thirty concerts per year and realised many video recordings and four CDs amongst which ‘The Bachs & The Flute’ and ‘Corelli & Händel: Encounters in Rome’. He also collaborates with many other ensembles such as Il Gardellino (Jan De Winne and Marcel Ponseele), Scherzi Musicali (Nicolas Achten), B’Rock and La Petite Bande (Sigiswald Kuijken).
He has received several first prizes and received the ‘Sonderpreis der Jury’ at the International Telemann Competition Magdeburg (2021).
Beniamino discovered his passion for early music at the age of 7. At 16, he joined both Royal Conservatories of Brussels and some years later the Conservatories of Leuven and The Hague. He received his master’s degrees in traverso (2016), harpsichord (2017), and maestro al cembalo (2019), as well as a Bachelor of Musicology (2018), all with high distinction. He studied traverso with Barthold Kuijken, Frank Theuns and Jan De Winne, renaissance flute with Kate Clark and Patrick Beuckels, and harpsichord with Frédérick Haas, Fabio Bonizzoni, Patrick Ayrton and Kris Verhelst.
Beniamino is active as a harpsichord accompanist and holds a position at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles. He also teaches traverso, and historically informed performance practice at the music academies of Brugge and Gentbrugge.