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. In 2014 he completed an extensive tour of recitals and concertos in Russia, including his Moscow debut. In 2015 performances included concertos in Beijing and Hong Kong, and another complete  series of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. In 2016 he has released his debut CD on the Resonus label of solo works by Bartok and Kurtag, and will be performing 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. He has duo partnerships with the pianist Mark Fielding and the harpist Anne Denholm.

Simon has been a professor at the Birmingham Conservatoire for 12 years. He has given masterclasses throughout the UK and internationally. Plans for 2016/17 include further visits to Russia and masterclasses in Singapore, Hong Kong, Belgium and Holland.

Simon is Artistic Director of Chamber Orchestra Anglia.

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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