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 a three concert project on the songs of Joseph Marx at the Wigmore Hall; a recital tour with Stéphane Degout which included the Ravinia and Edinburgh Festivals; his debut at Carnegie Hall, New York with Karen Cargill; a performance with Mark Padmore of Schubert’s Winterreise at the Schubertiade, Hohenhems, Austria; recitals with Angelika Kirchschlager at La Monnaie, Brussels and at Wigmore Hall where appearances also have included recitals with Christopher Maltman, Elizabeth Watts, Stephan Loges, Sophie Bevan and Lawrence Zazzo. Future highlights include BBC broadcasts with Samling Artist Benjamin Appl and Ilker Arcayürek and recitals with Samling Artist Sally Matthews and Dietrich Henschel at La Monnaie and Christopher Purves at the Frick Collection, New York.
His discography includes 2 volumes of Debussy Songs and a Strauss disc with Gillian Keith, a disc of Mahler songs with Karen Cargill, the complete songs of Jonathan Dove with Kitty Whately and a CD of contemporary violin works with Carolin Widmann which received a Diapason d’or. Recent releases include a song recital disc with Dame Felicity Palmer, a CD of Schubert songs with tenor Ilker Arcayürek a disc of Ballads with Stéphane Degout as well as recital disc “Poèmes d’un jour” which was a Gramophone magazine editor’s choice. Future CD releases include French Song with Karen Cargill, a second Schubert disc with Ilker Arcayürek and the songs of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor with Elizabeth Llewllyn.