Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. His recent tours have taken him to Asia, Europe and North America and to the UK’s major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and St David’s Hall Cardiff.
His interest in rarely-performed works has led to invitations to perform concerti by Françaix, Tippett and the first UK performance since 1946 of Medtner’s 3rd Concerto. His rapidly-expanding discography includes solo works by Sterndale Bennett, Parry, Sacheverell Coke and two volumes of Delius with Parnassius Duo partner, Hiro Takenouchi, on the SOMM label. This year, he releases his debut concerto recording for Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series: the first recordings of Sacheverell Coke’s Concerti with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins.
Festival invitations have included Highgate (London), Whittington (Shropshire) and Cervo Chamber Music (Italian Riviera). Callaghan is also regularly performs on luxury cruise liners and on BBC radio and television. In chamber music he has collaborated with Jack Liebeck, Giovanni Guzzo, Tim Hugh, Thomas Gould, Raphael Wallfisch and the actors Timothy West, Prunella Scales and Samuel West. His extensive repertoire includes complete cycles of Beethoven and Brahms chamber works, and a residency at St John’s Smith Square, London, exploring the piano quartet medium. Contemporary music performances have included works by Joseph Phibbs, Julian Anderson and Kenneth Hesketh, and he was recently invited by the Royal College of Music to play Boulez’ Dérive II as part of their Variable Geometry series. His world premiere recording of Paul Patterson’s Allusions for two violins and piano (with Midori Komachi and Sophie Rosa) will be released in 2017.
Simon greatly values teaching and this season he will give master-classes, lead a course at Benslow Music (Hitchen) and continue his work as Head of Piano at the Ingenium Academy (Winchester). He is also Director of Music at Conway Hall (London) where he oversees the longest-running chamber music series in Europe.
“Simon Callaghan extracts every ounce of eloquence and fantasy from this intriguing repertoire” Gramophone
“…an eloquent advocate” The Sunday Times
“…spirited and skilful playing” The Birmingham Post
See Simon's website: simoncallaghan.com