GEOFFREY SIMON, conductor
Geoffrey Simon is known for his ability to draw distinguished sounds from an orchestra:
“The orchestra under his leadership sounded transformed, suddenly becoming a blended, unified musical body.”
Gerhard Kramer die Presse Vienna
His more than forty CDs, combining rare with familiar elements of repertoire and orchestration, have prompted similar comment:
“Simon seems to have an unerring ear for beautiful sound. Not since the great days of Leopold Stokowski and Eugene Ormandy has a young conductor led performances that were at once so tasteful and individual and simply drenched in the most sumptuous of sounds.”
Byron Belt Newhouse News
His instincts for ensemble sonority, honed by schooling with Herbert von Karajan, Rudolf Kempe, Hans Swarowsky and Igor Markevich, are combined with a distinctive sense of musical line and evocation:
“A gripping, wholly committed performance of Verklaerte Nacht that was the most dramatically intense it has been my pleasure to hear, a judgement not excluding Boulez, Barenboim and von Karajan. Superbly balanced and phrased throughout, Simon delivered the piece as a single, colossal arch of sound, blending sensitivity and ardour in a way that was overwhelming in its impact.”
Mozelle Moshansky Classical Music London
Geoffrey Simon is based in London. Engagements in Great Britain have included the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber, London Chamber, Bournemouth Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras. He has appeared worldwide with the Israel, Moscow, Munich and New Japan Philharmonics, the American, Atlanta, Grant Park, Milwaukee, Pacific, St Louis, Sapporo, Shanghai and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphonies, The Residentie Orchestra of The Hague, every orchestra of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Opera.
Since 1997 Geoffrey Simon has been Music Director of the Northwest Mahler Festival, Seattle. “Geoffrey Simon obviously has a great affinity for Mahler. He has the admirable ability to grasp the music as a whole and the technique to shape the individual passages so that they add up to the ultimate huge architecture. We are lucky indeed that he has taken the leadership of this festival and has given us memorable Mahler for the last six years.”
David Lamb The Mahler List Seattle
Other Music Directorships include the Bloomington Symphony, Albany Symphony, Sacramento Symphony and the Orquestra Simfònica de Balears “Ciutat de Palma” in Mallorca.
As a prelude to conducting, Geoffrey Simon read literature and philosophy at the University of Melbourne. He studied cello with Claus Adam at the Juilliard School and with Janos Starker at Indiana University. He plays a Grancino cello dated 1700.
For his own label, Cala Records, in addition to over 30 compact discs of orchestral repertoire, he has conducted The London Violin Sound (48 violins), The London Viola Sound (48 violas), The London Cello Sound (40 cellos), Latin Cello (24 cellos), The London Double Bass Sound (10 basses), The London Horn Sound (32 horns), The London Trumpet Sound (28 trumpets) and The London Trombone Sound (16 trombones).
“The searing beauty of these strings rivets your attention…”
Francis Brancaleone Gannett Newspapers