Conductor and recording artist Geoffrey Simon is a considerable talent in the world of classical music.
Born in Adelaide, Geoffrey Simon studied piano at the University of Melbourne before pursuing a cellist career in the United States. He attended the Juilliard School in New York and trained with Janos Starker at the University of Indiana. He is a student of Herbert von Karajan, Rudolf Kempe, Hans Swarowsky and Igor Markevich.
Simon has appeared with numerous orchestras as an accomplished conductor. He has performed with major orchestras in Australia, Japan, Russia, Germany, Israel and the USA. In the United Kingdom, now his home, Simon has conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra.
He has held directorships in the Albany Symphony Orchestra in New York, the Australian Sinfonia in London, the Orquestra Simfònica de Balears in Spain, and the Bloomington and Sacramento orchestras in the United States. Simon has taught music at several American universities and represents numerous industry groups such as Arts Global, Concert Artists Guild and The Australian Music Foundation. Simon is the current Director Emeritus of the Northwest Mahler Orchestra in Seattle.
Notable performances include the World View concert series for the Sacramento Symphony, Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony for the Northwest Mahler Orchestra and Paul Patterson's Te Deum in a recital for Spanish royalty. He won the first John Player International Conductors' Award.
Simon is well known for establishing recording label Cala Records which has produced The London Sound Series and successfully released rare performances by conductor Leopold Stokowski. Formed in 1990, Cala Records significantly influences classical music recording.
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