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Gwilym Simcock

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Gwilym Simcock (born 24 February 1981) is a British pianist and composer working in both jazz and classical music, and often blurring the boundaries of the two.

He is a multi-award winner and was chosen as one of the 1000 Most Influential People in London by the Evening Standard. He was featured on the front cover of the August 2007 issue of the UK’s leading Jazz journal Jazzwise Magazine.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).

Biography[edit]

Simcock was born in Bangor, Gwynedd. At the age of eleven he attained the highest marks in the country for his Associated Board Grade 8 exams - on both piano and French horn. He went on to study classical piano, French horn and composition at Chetham's School, Manchester, where he was introduced to jazz by pianist and teacher Les Chisnall and bassist and teacher Steve Berry. He went on to study jazz piano at The Royal Academy of Music, London with John Taylor, Nikki Iles, Nick Weldon and Geoff Keezer.

He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a first-class honours degree and the "Principal's Prize' for outstanding achievement.

Career[edit]

In 2008 he was commissioned to perform at The Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London. He composed a Piano Concerto "Progressions" which he performed with his trio and the BBC Concert Orchestra on 9 August 2008, broadcast live on BBC2 TV.

On 5 October 2008 he was featured in an evening at the King's Place Opening Festival in which he performed four concerts leading four different groups including a duo with John Taylor.

In 2006 he was the first jazz musician to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and this was extended to 2008. It involved numerous recordings that were broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as solo performances, and his trio appearance at the Wigmore Hall during the London Jazz Festival 2006 (broadcast 7 July 2007).

His trio, which has performed at festivals and venues worldwide such as the North Sea Jazz Festival 2007, now features James Maddren (drums) and Yuri Goloubev (bass), while his debut album featured Stan Sulzmann, John Parricelli, Phil Donkin, Martin France and Ben Bryant. He was chosen by Chick Corea for a solo concert performance and live recording at Klavier Festival Ruhr 2007. This concert was broadcast on WDR radio and 20,000 copies were given away as a cover mount CD in Germany's leading music magazine Fonoforum.

He was a member of Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio, however left in 2009 being replaced by John Turville. He is currently a member of Malcolm Creese's Acoustic Triangle, Stan Sulzmann's Neon, and Bill Bruford's Earthworks. He has also played with musicians including Dave Holland, Lee Konitz, Bob Mintzer, Bobby McFerrin, Kenny Wheeler, Iain Ballamy, Julian Argüelles, Pete King, Don Weller, Steve Waterman, and Torsten de Winkel / New York Jazz Guerrilla.

He also plays French horn and has played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), the BBC Big Band, and with Kenny Wheeler on his 2003/2005 tour.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).

Commissions/collaborations[edit]

A commission to compose and perform a piano concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Proms 2008 at the Royal Albert Hall in London (Progressions)A commission for a new work for the Aronowitz Ensemble at the City of London Festival, July 2008A commission and recording for a piano concerto with big band with the NDR Big Band in Germany (Hamburg Suite)A Big Band project at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2007, broadcast on BBC Radio on 1 June 2007 (The Lichfield Suite)A 2007 commission and tour with The Scottish Ensemble (Chamber Orchestra), broadcast on 1 July 2007 on BBC Radio Scotland and again on BBC Radio 3 on 12 OctoberGuest soloist on Mark Antony Turnage's commission with London Sinfonietta for the re-opening of the Southbank Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hall, June 2007A commission for the Britten Sinfonia, premiered at the London Jazz Festival 2007 (Jackie's Dance)New Horn Sonata performed at the Wigmore Hall with French horn player Chris ParkesPerformed the première of Tim Garland’s piano concerto with the Northern Sinfonia, May 2005A commission and major Arts Council-funded tour of cathedrals with Acoustic Triangle and Sacconi Strings, 2008

Awards[edit]

Winner of Perrier Award 2001: Young Jazz EnsembleWinner of BBC Jazz Award 2005: Rising StarWinner of British Jazz Award 2005: Rising StarNominated for Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2007: Jazz Musician of the YearNominated for BBC Jazz Award 2008: Best InstrumentalistNominated for BBC Jazz Award 2008: Best AlbumBBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2006-2008Nominated for Radio 3 Listeners' Awards 2008Nominated for Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2011
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