Simone Mancuso was born and raised in Italy. He studied first in Italy, obtaining the Conservatory Diploma in Percussion in 2000, and then in Switzerland, where he specialized in contemporary music as a solo percussionist with Professor Mircea Ardeleanu. In 2003, he received the Solisten Diplom from the University School of Music of Lugano, Switzerland. Mancuso was the first percussionist ever to receive this recognition. During his time in Switzerland, he founded the Lugano Percussion Group, which currently performs in Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Brazil, Romania, and Switzerland.
Mancuso has been internationally recognized for his interpretations of contemporary classical pieces. He has collaborated with composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Salvatore Sciarrino, Klaus Huber, Edoardo Soto-Milan, Rudolf Kelterborn and Adriana Hölsky, and with performers such as Martha Argerich, Alexander Rabinovtch-Barakovsky, Johannes Kalitzke, Gabriele Baldocci, Michele Marelli. He has performed as a soloist with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Basel Sinfonietta, and with the Orchestra da Camera Ungherese and in a wide array of international venues and prestigious events, such as Strathmore Hall (Bethesda-USA), Internationale Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik Darmstadt (Germany), Teatro Nacional of Brasilia, University of Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Martha Argerich Project and ISCM World New Music Days (Switzerland), RAI Radio Tre and Teatro Colosseo(Italy), Colegiul National De Arta “Ion Vidu” (Timisoara, Romania), Universities of Zurich and Lausanne (Switzerland), Tchaicovsky Conservatory in Moscow (Russia), and Blues Alley, (Washington DC).
Mancuso is a founding member of the of the jazz/classical cross-over ensemble the Mancuso-Suzda Project based in Washington, D.C. He has recorded CDs for the record labels: EMI Classics, Col Legno and Suisse Grammont Portrait, and is currently receiving high praise for his newest CD with the Mancuso-Suzda Project entitled Lines.
As well as being a critically acclaimed performer by the Washington Post, Simone Mancuso is recognized as a clear and focused educator. In 2007, he has been Artist in Residence at the Music Hall at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD where he serves as both a musician and educational lecturer. Recently, Simone Mancuso has been appointed Percussion Faculty at Arizona State University, School of Music in Tempe, AZ.