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British pianist Simon Callaghan is in much demand internationally as a soloist and chamber musician.  His intelligent and compelling performances both on the concert platform and in the recording studio are earning him a reputation as an exciting and versatile young artist.  Recent performances include a chamber music tour of South Korea, a début with the RLPO, a gala concert with ENO principals and appearances on ITV and BBC Television.  He has also broadcast on BBC Radio.

Simon Callaghan is equally at home performing the mainstream repertoire as in lesser-known pieces, frequently presenting works by Sterndale Bennett, Parry and Kapustin among others, in his recital programmes.  He recently released a CD of English piano music on the Belgian De Rode Pomp label which received the following review from musicweb-international:

“an essential purchase…one can ask nothing more…stunning playing”

Following his studies at Chetham’s School of Music with Bernard Roberts, Simon was awarded a full scholarship to study with Yonty Solomon at the Royal College of Music, from where he graduated with first class honours and won numerous prizes.  He has also taken awards at the Bromsgrove International Competition, Jean Françaix Concours (Paris) and the Liverpool Young Musician of the Year and is grateful to the Craxton Memorial Trust and several anonymous benefactors for their continued support.

Engagements for the 10/11 season include collaborations with the ‘cellist Tim Hugh (LSO), the Maggini, Barbirolli and Sacconi Quartets and the actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales.  He will also perform concertos by Chopin (in the UK and in Spain), Grieg, Medtner, Saint-Saens, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff, and solo and chamber recitals throughout the UK.  In 2010 together with pianist, Hiroaki Takenouchi he will record a series of discs for SOMM Records featuring two-piano transcriptions of Delius’s orchestral works.

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"What a wonderful pianist, who combines complete understanding of the style of music he is playing with a rare subtlety and brilliance of execution." (Sir Roger Norrington)
"I was very impressed by his fluent, skilful pianism and his innate musicality. He plays with intelligence and conviction and I wish him much success in his musical career."
(Stephen Hough)
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