B i o g r a p h y
Simon read music at King’s College Cambridge. He is a professor of collaborative piano at the Royal College of Music, London where he also co-ordinates the collaborative piano course. Since 2003 he has been an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Recent performance highlights include an invitation from the Wigmore Hall, London to present a three concert project on the songs of Joseph Marx; a recital tour with baritone Stéphane Degout which included the Ravinia and Edinburgh Festivals; his debut at Carnegie Hall, New York with mezzo Karen Cargill; a recital with Christopher Purves at the Frick Collection, New York; a performance with Mark Padmore of Schubert Winterreise at the Schubertiade, Hohenhems, Austria; recitals with Angelika Kirchschlager at La Monnaie, Brussels and at the Wigmore Hall where appearances also have included recitals with Christopher Maltman, Elizabeth Watts, Stephan Loges, Sophie Bevan, Christopher Purves and Lawrence Zazzo,
Simon has also appeared at the Wigmore Hall with violinist Carolin Widmann, with whom he has given recitals in Amsterdam, Paris, Salzburg, Cologne and Madrid and recorded for ECM - Phantasy of Spring, contemporary works, including Feldman, Zimmerman and Xenakis – which received a Diapason d’Or and the German Critics Award. More recently he recorded a disc of Brahms, Schubert and Beethoven with violinist Ji-Hae Park (Universal records).
He has recently given a European tour with Stéphane Degout including performances at the opera houses of Dijon, La Monnaie, Lausanne and Lyon as well as the Wigmore Hall. He presented an all Schubert programme with Ilker Arcayürek in Barcelona, Zürich and at the Wigmore hall where further appearances include recitals with Karen Cargill and Morgan Pearse. With Benjamin Appl he toured to India including recitals in Mumbai and Chennai. Highlights of future seasons include a return to Carnegie Hall with Sally Matthews as well as Schubert recitals with Ilker Arcayurek in New York and San Francisco.
Vocal recordings include Warlock songs with Andrew Kennedy (Landor),
2 volumes of Debussy songs and Strauss songs with Gillian Keith (Deux-Elles), the complete CW Orr songs with Mark Stone (Stone Records), a disc of Gustav and Alma Mahler songs with Karen Cargill (Linn records) and Jonathan Dove Songs with Kitty Whately (Champs Hill), More recent releases include a song recital disc with Dame Felicity Palmer (Resonus Classics), and the debut disc of Ilker Arcayürek in a programme of Schubert songs (Champs Hill). The disc "Poémes d'un jour" (B-Records) with Stéphane Degout was chosen as best new classical album of the month for "Gramophone" magazine.