Simon read music at
King’s College, Cambridge. He is a professor of piano accompaniment and a vocal
repertoire coach at the Royal College of Music, London where he also
co-ordinates the piano accompaniment course. He is an official accompanist for
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Performance highlights have included
an invitation from the Wigmore Hall, London to present a three concert
project on the songs of Joseph Marx; a recital tour with Stéphane Degout which
included the Ravinia and Edinburgh Festivals; his debut at Carnegie Hall, New
York with mezzo Karen Cargill and at the Frick Collection with Christopher
Purves; performances of the Schubert song cycles with Mark Padmore including at
the Schubertiade, Hohenhems and recitals with Angelika Kirchschlager at La
Monnaie, Brussels and at the Wigmore Hall where appearances have included
recitals with Christopher Maltman, Elizabeth Watts, Stephan Loges, Sophie
Bevan, Sally Matthews and Lawrence Zazzo.
Vocal recordings include Warlock
Songs with Andrew Kennedy, 2 volumes of Debussy Songs and a Strauss disc with Gillian Keith and a
disc of Mahler songs with Karen Cargill. Recent releases include a song recital
disc with Dame Felicity Palmer, Schubert Songs with Ilker Arcayürek and the
complete songs of Jonathan Dove with Kitty Whately.