Simon was an invaluable help ahead of my debut with the London Symphony Orchestra. He helped me prepare Wo bist du Licht? by Claude Vivier over Zoom—giving me insight into the composer’s style and musical language and breaking down the pitch & rhythmic complexities of the piece in an accessible way. When I turned up for my first rehearsal, I felt completely prepared!
FLEUR BARRON MEZZO-SOPRANO
Simon has worked with me over a period of several years, with orchestras in both Europe and North America. I have entrusted soloists to him in Claude Vivier's vocal works, knowing that he would prepare them thoroughly for the demands of the music. I trust his ears, his overall musicianship and am so excited to follow what I am sure will be an exciting and meaningful career as conductor.
BARBARA HANNIGAN SOPRANO
Simon is a passionate and artful teacher who has helped me over the past three years become my own conductor. He avoids stock curriculums in favour of developing what is special in a student, and always with the goal of how best to bring the music to life.
GABRIEL LEVY TSYO PERCUSSION ALUMNI
Student at the Manhattan School of Music
Simon is a wonderful coach! He's encouraged me to make my music more personal to me, such as through developing a deeper, more meaningful understanding of Bach's writing and composing my own cadenza for the Beethoven Violin Concerto. His guidance goes beyond playing - he's given me great insights into music programs I could pursue as well.
ELLIE SIEVERS TSYO VIOLIN ALUMNI
Student at the University of Texas at Austin