PROM 15: July 31
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. He is in much demand as a song pianist and chamber musician, which has led to performances at venues including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Mozarteum, Concertgebouw and L’auditorium du Louvre. He broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3 and is the official accompanists for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize. Performance highlights include curating his own recital series on 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 Dame Felicity Palmer, Christopher Maltman, Elizabeth Watts, Stephan Loges, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Christopher Purves and Lawrence Zazzo.