MA, LRAM, DipRAM, ARAM
Simon is in much demand as a vocal accompanist and chamber musician, which has led to performances throughout the UK and Europe. Performance highlights include curating his own recital series about the songs of Joseph Marx at Wigmore Hall; 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 performance with Mark Padmore of Schubert Winterreise at the Schubertiade, Hohenhems, Austria; recitals with Angelika Kirchschlager at La Monnaie, Brussels and at Wigmore Hall where appearances have also included recitals with Christopher Maltman, Elizabeth Watts, Stephan Loges, Sophie Bevan, Christopher Purves and Lawrence Zazzo.
Simon has toured with violinist Carolin Widmann, giving recitals in Amsterdam, Paris, Salzburg, Cologne and Madrid. Their CD Phantasy of Spring received a Diapason d’Or and the German Critics Award. Vocal recordings include Warlock songs with Andrew Kennedy, Debussy and Strauss songs with Gillian Keith and Mahler songs with Karen Cargill. Future releases include a disc with Dame Felicity Palmer and Jonathan Dove songs with RCM alumnus, Kitty Whately. Simon is an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize.
Simon read Music at King’s College, Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Michael Dussek and Aaron Shorr. He went on to study with Ruben Lifschitz (a pupil of Cortot) in France. Whilst a student he won every major award for piano accompaniment including the Gerald Moore Award and the accompanist prizes in the Kathleen Ferrier and Royal Overseas League competitions.
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