Biography


Simon-Smith-Spring-20111

SIMON SMITH has performed as a soloist with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Philharmonia, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of St. John’s Smith Square. Recitals throughout the UK have included the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in London. He has performed extensively in recitals and concertos across Russia, including his Moscow debut, as well as  concertos in Beijing and Hong Kong. In 2016 he released his debut CD of solo works by Bartok and Kurtag on the Resonus label and performed these works in a series of concerts in the UK, and internationally, including a debut concert in Singapore.

A committed chamber musician, Simon was a member of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Octet, performing in concert halls and broadcasts worldwide. A CD of duos and trios by Kodaly and Dohnanyi, with Katherine Jenkinson, Paul Silverthorne and Clare Hayes was released in January 2017.

In addition to the RCMJD Simon teaches at Wells Cathedral School and, since 2004, at the Birmingham Conservatoire. He has given masterclasses throughout the UK, across Russia and in Singapore, Hong Kong and China. He has recently been chairman of the jury for a violin competition in Kazan, Russia.

Simon studied with David Martin and Frederick Grinke, and then with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music, where he was awarded the Gold Medal. He received a DAAD scholarship to continue his studies in Germany with Wanda Wilkomirska.

He plays on a Rogeri violin, made in 1708.

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