Photo: Sussie Ahlburg
Simon Crawford-Phillips has developed an unusually diverse career
as soloist, chamber musician and song accompanist and the guidance of
John Lavender, Hamish Milne and Ferenc Rados. This all-encompassing
passion and fascination for music has recently turned Simon’s focus
Recent concerto performances have included Beethoven, Chopin, Martinu,
Mozart, Shostakovich, Schumann and Stravinsky with orchestras such as
the Hallé Orchestra, VIVA, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber
Orchestra and the Academy of St.Martin in the Fields. December 2007 saw
his concerto debut in Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under the
baton of Alan Gilbert.
Simon frequently works with singers such as Emma Bell, Measha
Brueggergosman, Elizabeth Watts, James Gilchrist, Andrew Kennedy and
Robert Murray, and instrumentalists Emily Beynon, Colin Currie, Martin
Frost, Richard Hosford, Pekka Kuusisto, Lawrence Power, Christian
Poltera, and Roger Tapping. He also appears regularly as a guest with
the Nash Ensemble, ECO chamber ensemble and Philharmonia soloists.
Simon is a founding member of the Kungsbacka
Piano Trio, which was selected in 2000 for the BBC New Generation
Artists Scheme. In 2003, the trio made its Carnegie Hall debut and
appeared at major European Concert Halls, including the Concertgebouw,
Vienna Konzerthaus and Cologne Philharmonie. Concerts in 2005 included
debuts at the Berlin Philharmonie, Schwetzinger Festspiele and
Muziekcentrum Vredensburg in Utrecht and a tour of Argentina and Uruguay
and 2007 saw its debut tour of Australia and New Zealand. The trio has
recorded for the NAXOS and BIS labels. The complete Mozart trios were
released in 2008 followed by a series of three Haydn discs.
In 2001 Simon made his BBC Proms debut with his piano duo partner
Philip Moore and in 2004 the Duo received a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship
and were appointed Steinway Artists. Highlights in 2005 included debut
concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Edinburgh Festival, along
with return visits to the South Bank, Bridgewater Hall and Wigmore Hall.
They premiered a double concerto by Detlev Glanert in 2008 with the
A performer at many of the festivals (Bath, City of London,
Cheltenham, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Mecklenburg, Montpelier, Lofoten,
Obertsdorf, Oslo, Savannah, Schwetzinger, Spoleto, Schleswig-Holstein
and Verbier), Simon has also been invited to the Open Chamber Music
Sessions at Prussia Cove in Cornwall.
In 2009 Simon performed in the UK, Italy, Washington DC and in August
he returned for several appearances at BBC Proms.
Last season included concerts in China with Alison Balsom and
collaborations with the Cremona, Barbirolli, Danté, Elias and Sacconi
String Quartets and a recital in New York.
Forthcoming projects include Beethoven’s triple concerto with
Andrew Manze in Helsingborg, Sweden, a European tour with Jakob Koranyi
for the ECHO Rising Stars series as well as return visits to the Wigmore
Hall and Concertgebouw.
In addition to radio and television broadcasts in Europe, Australia
and Japan he has also recorded for the BIS, Deux-Elles, Hyperion,
Harmonia Mundi, Naxos and Signum CD labels. Further recordings are
planned for Hyperion and Naxos.
In June 2010, Simon was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of
Music. He holds teaching positions at the Guildhall School of Music and
Drama, the Royal Academy of Music and the Gothenburg Academy of Music
Simon is co-director of the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival held