International soloist and chamber musician, Simon Mulligan is equally at home performing chamber music with Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell and the late Yehudi Menuhin as he is playing for President Obama and the Queen...
Performing premieres by Henze, James MacMillan and Mark Anthony Turnage, Simon tours the globe recording and performing with major orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
British pianist Simon has been described by The Times of London as ‘the most abundantly gifted of pianists’, by Yehudi Menuhin as ‘one of the finest pianists I have ever had the pleasure of performing with’ and by Herbie Hancock as ‘phenomenal’.
He performs and records internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Following his début with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, he has given concerts and made many recordings including with the BBC Symphony under Leonard Slatkin, English Symphony Orchestra (Boughton), Warsaw Sinfonia (Menuhin), Hong Kong Philharmonic (Atherton), Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Royal National Scottish Orchestra (Serebrier).
Simon's first compact disc was made under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin, which led to a seven- year collaboration and friendship, culminating in what was to be Lord Menuhin's final concert in Düsseldorf. Since then, recording highlights include Piano for Sony Classical, featuring Mullligan’s arrangements, compositions, and adaptations for piano and orchestra.
He has also made compact discs for Universal, Decca, Nimbus and Naxos and his recording The Piano Music of Alexis Weissenberg for Nimbus includes spontaneous improvisations recorded in the presence of the composer. His première recording of Ned Rorem’s second piano concerto with José Serebrier and the Royal National Scottish Orchestra for Naxos was Gramophone magazine’s ‘Editor’s Choice.’
As a chamber musician, Simon collaborates with many notable artists and was just nineteen when he began worldwide tours with ‘cellist Lynn Harrell. He soon began recital tours with violinist Joshua Bell, performing at every major international venue as well as a live broadcasts for Lincoln Center and the Grammy Awards.
High profile performances include playing for President Barack Obama, Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, and performances with artists as varied as Dame Shirley Bassey, Branford Marsalis, Liza Minnelli, Van Morrison, and Sting.
Alongside an extensive solo repertoire and almost sixty concertos, his focus on contemporary music has led to first performances of works by Hans Werner Henze, James MacMillan, Paul Moravec, Tobias Picker, Mark Anthony Turnage and Alexis Weissenberg.
Simon's passion for composition, arranging, and improvisation has featured in numerous publications including Downbeat, JazzTimes, International Pianist, and Gramophone. He enjoyed a close collaboration and friendship with film composer Michael Kamen, and is a soloist on Kamen’s album The New Moon in the Old Moon’s Arms (for Decca), with the BBC Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin. He also collaborated with Kamen and is a featured soloist on the soundtrack to HBO’s award-winning television series Band of Brothers, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.
As a passionate jazz pianist, he gives concerts with his London quartet and New York trio.
Highlights of next season include the release of a Beethoven album, performances at Colombia’s Mozart Festival and concerto appearances with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
A Music Scholar of St Paul's School in London, Simon studied under Alexander Kelly at the Royal Academy of Music and Jacques Rouvier in Paris; he also studied Beethoven at the personal invitation of Alfred Brendel. Mulligan won a scholarship to the International Piano Academy at
Italy’s Lake Como where he began his studies under Alexis Weissenberg, a dear friend and mentor until his recent passing.
One of the youngest recipients to be awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music for his musical achievements, Simon additionally counts among his mentors Charles Rosen and Murray Perahia.
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