1000 BEATS is a weekend dedicated to the world of percussion and drums, an open-air school with a programme full of events. Sponsored by the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana and the Conservatorio “Antonio Scontrino” in Trapani, it is aimed at students and professionals of all the conservatories and music schools in Europe. Its mission is ambitious: to bring together percussionists and drummers for a multicultural exchange, not only from an educational point of view but also from a social one.



4 sessions in English held by world famous artists, 2 workshops dedicated to Snare Drum and Body Percussion, 3 exclusive concerts. You can ask for private lessons to the teacher and interact with them closely for a unique educational experience. You will also have the opportunity to be updated on the latest news about instruments, thanks to a number of technical sponsors who will be present.


Thousand surprises, one destination: Selinunte, Italy. Sea, beaches, good wine, healthy food, fishermen’s village, reserve of dunes, abandoned railway, the largest archaeological site of the Magna Graecia. All within a walking distance. Such a wonder.


Thousand adventures.  Assured fun. New acquaintances. Strong emotions for everyone during the concerts at the Archaeological Site.

Boost the territory

One destination, Thousand beats. Youngsters from thousands cities in an island at the border of the European Union. Contribution to a self-funded project aiming to develop business culture and to create new job. A modern Sicily, mafia-free.


benny greb


Born in 1980 in the town of Augsburg, Germany, Benny was given with his first set of drums when just six years old and so began his drumming journey. Initially, Benny was self taught, playing along to records before he took his first lesson when 12 years old and he quickly progressed to playing in punk bands before discovering rock and jazz and getting involved in the various bands that his school had to offer. In 1997 Benny began his full time study in earnest when he attended music schools firstly in Dinkelsbuhl and then in Hamburg.
Today, Benny can be found playing with a broad assortment of musicians, all demanding his tasteful and immaculate playing style. You can find him in rock settings with Stoppok and The Ron Spielman Trio, in jazz, with his own Benny Greb Brass Band. Pop and Funkmusic too receives Benny’s tasteful approach, recording and touring with Jerobeam. Benny has also played classical music, working with the NDR Orchestra on their Zappa project. Benny’s ability to mix jazz and rock finds him also working with fusion band 3ergezimmer. Allowing for his sense of humour to come to the fore, Benny performs with acoustic punk/cabaret act Strom & Wasser, clearly showing that no style is beyond his tasteful, yet fun loving approach. As well as the previously named artists Benny has worked with Christian von Richthofen, where the duo feature a car as a percussion instrument and of course, Benny is also a highly in-demand session player, not forgetting composer and producer. Benny’s pure love of the drums compels him to show other – particularly young players, his approach to the instrument and he regularly teaches at the Hamburg School of Music, the Popakademie in Mannheim, the Popkurs of the Hochschule fur Music and Theater in Hamburg and the Bandcamp of the Bayerische Musikacademie Hammelburg.
Benny tours globally, entertaining drummers worldwide with clinics for Sonor and Meinl at such high profile events such as the Montreal Drum Festival, Canada, Ultimate Drummers Weekend, Australia, the World Drum Festival, Germany, Drummer Live, UK, and at PASIC in the USA.
Benny writes, records and releases his own solo records with Grebfruit being one such release. The Language of Drumming – A System For Musical Expression DVD was released in 2009 on the Hudson Music label, showing his unique approach to drumming.

Simone Rubino Percussion Soloist
Photo: Marco Borggreve


“What should one praise more: the incredible dexterity with which he executes thunderous rolls on the drums, tom-toms and bongos, makes the claves clang or dances along the xylophone? Or the sensitivity with which the gongs, chimes and cymbals blend with the high strings and delicate woodwinds?
— Isabel Herzfeld, Der Tagesspiegel
Percussionist Simone Rubino began the 2016/2017 season with a highlight of his young career: he made his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the Lucerne Festival, at the close of which he received the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. He also made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York on October 2016. Further high points include his appearances with the Munich Philharmonic and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, as well as the world premiere of Adriano Gaglianello’s percussion concerto at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” in Torino, Italy in Spring 2017.
Simone Rubino recorded his first solo album in Fall 2016 with the program “Immortal Bach” (works by Bach, Nystedt, Xenakis and other composers), which he presented live in several concerts. Other engagements take him to Florence with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Zubin Mehta and the Whitsun Festival in Baden-Baden. He will appear for the first time with such conductors as Gustavo Gimeno with the Munich Philharmonic, Manfred Honeck with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Tugan Sokhiev with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Lucerne Festival.
Following in the footsteps of Peter Sadlo and Martin Grubinger, the young Italian, who won the ARD Music Competition with a brilliant performance in 2014, marks a new era of percussionists who have established themselves on the classical music scene. He has played concerts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Radio RAI Turin. He made his US debut with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016. Along with his appearances as a soloist, chamber music is also an important facet of his musical activity, as demonstrated by his concerts with the Out of Time Percussion Quartet and the ESEGESI Percussion Quartet.
Simone Rubino has won numerous competitions, including the Universal Marimba Competition (Belgium), the ARD International Music Competition, the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award and the Luigi Nono International Music Competition (Italy). He is a welcome guest at prestigious festivals, among them the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schwetzingen Festival, Musicus Olympus (Russia), the Schwarzwald Music Festival, the Bremen Music Festival and the Young Euro Classic Festival. Born in Turin in 1993, he began his studies at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in his native city before continuing his work with Peter Sadlo in Munich.

theodor milkov


The Russian-Greek percussionist Theodor Milkov holds a bachelor’s degree as well as a performer’s certificate from the Hochschule für Musik (the University for Music) in Detmold, Germany. Additionally, he holds a bachelor’s degree from the Amsterdam University of the Arts in the Netherlands as well as a master’s degree from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands. Milkov began his teaching career as an assistant for Peter Prommel at the University of Music in Detmold, Germany. Since then has presented masterclasses all over the world including the Colburn Conservatory of Music in the United States, Ionian University in Greece, and St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music in Russia. As a marimba soloist, Milkov has performed in concert halls and at festivals such as Concertgebouw Brugge in Belgium, Rachmaninoff Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in Russia, Oranjewoud Festival in the Netherlands, and Olympus Festival in Russia. Since 2008, Milkov has served as Assistant Timpanist in the Athens State Orchestra in Greece.

trilok kurtu


“He’s an open-minded musician who embraces jazz, Indian classical music, abstract improvisation and Asian pop, a dazzling percussion virtuoso, an accessible entertainer.”
A world class percussionist, Trilok Gurtu is a five-time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll for best percussionist, and a Best Artist Asia/Pacific nominee for the BBC World Music Awards. He was born to a highly musical family in Bombay and started to play at the age of six. His deeply rooted Indian tradition combined with elements of jazz and rock have made Trilok Gurtu an established master of World Music. Mr. Gurtu’s burning sense of rhythm has attracted a wide-ranging set of world class collaborators, including John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul, Jan Garbarek, Don Cherry, Pat Metheny, Phoroah Sanders, Dave Holland and numerous musicians from India, Africa and other nations. From a lifetime of music and touring, Trilok Gurtu has given his audiences eleven albums and countless appearances all over the world.