Primary Instrument: Accordion
Considered one of the most interesting and innovative accordion players on the international scene, his quest takes him to the limit of contemporary, acoustic and electronic sound experiment, and more other contaminations mixed together., super-refined influences issuing in a an absolutely personal approach for improvisation. He received an honours diploma in the classical accordion from the Conservatory “G.Rossini” of Pesaro.
He is an eclectic artist, whose concert activity involves groups of from various fields of music (improvisation, contemporary music, jazz, classical music). He has performed at the most important international festivals: Clusone Jazz, Umbria Jazz, Tivoli Jazz, Berchidda Jazz, Sant’Anna Arresi, Barga Jazz, Mara Jazz, Vignola Jazz, Ravenna Festival, Rossini opera Festival , Teggiano Jazz etc. and in a lot of important international festivals in France, Austria, Germany, England, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonian, Spain, England, Tunisia, Lebanese, India, Russian and Japan.
Simone can boast collaborations with many musicians of international fame: Thomas Clausen, Gianluigi Trovesi, Javier Girotto, Paolo Fresu, Marco Tamburini, Massimo Manzi, Bruno Tommaso, Ettore Fioravanti, Mario Marzi, Michele Rabbia, Giovanni Maier,Tamara Obrovac, Krunoslav Levacic, Vasko Atanasovski, Antonello Salis, Han Bennink, Art Van Damme, Jasper Soffers, Adam Nussbaum.
Since 1999 Simone is the first accordion player in the “Ensemble Strumentale Scaligero” of La Scala Theatre in Milano, with this group he plays tours everywhere in the world.
Recently he published two new CDs called: Fuga per Art and Better Alone. In Fuga per Art , Simone revisits, in personal style, two of the most important living accordion players: Art Van Damme and Frank Marocco, respecting always that characteristic sound created using accordion and vibraphone together, following a kind of jazz-language usually not much played with this instrument above all in Europe. Better Alone...! is a solo-project in which he experiments all sound possibilities of his instrument through the use of a particular midi accordion live-electronic and laptop.
Currently He has two new projects which include his passion for contemporary music: Simone Zanchini Quartet: Entropia (D. Caliri, G.Maier, M. Rabbia, S.Zanchini) and Elettrotico Trio ( A.Alessi, C. Calcagnile, S.Zanchini).