Erweitertes Prager Bläseroktett in Göttingen
W. A. Mozart: Grand Partita
Abschlusskonzert am 17.4.2016
Artists > Soloists
Jan Simon (b. 1966) began to play the piano at the age of seven under the guidance of his father, composer and conductor Ladislav Simon. Jan Simon studied at the Prague Academy of Music with Russian teacher Valentina Kameníková who was a former student of Gustav Neuhaus. After having graduation he continued his musical education at the Prague Academy of Music under Ivan Moravec. Then followed one year of study with Homero Francesch in Zürich and two years at the Music Academy of Lübeck with James Tocco. After completing his own studies there in 1993, he himself was invited to teach at this institution. During his studies he successfully participated in a number of music competitions. He won the top prizes at the national Chopin competition and the competition sponsored by the Czech Ministry of Culture. Those were a good starting point for his success at international competitions, as he became prize-winner at the Chopin in Mallorca Competition 1985, at the Prague Spring Festival Competition in 1988, the William Kappel Competition USA in 1990, and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 1991.
Jan Simon has regularly played with such noted orchestras as the BBC Symphony Orchestra London, the Czech Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra der Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchester National de Belgique, Solisti du Moscau, the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, the Prague Philharmonia and many others. He has worked with prominent conductors like Jiri Belohlavek, Vasilli Sinaisky, Christopher Seaman, Serge Baudo, Tomas Netopil, Jakub Hrusa, Vladimir Válek, , David Robertson, , Marc Soustrot, Libor Pešek, Tadeusz Strugala, Maurice Peress, Ole-Kristian Ruud, Leos Svarovsky, Ondrej Lenard, Michel Swierczewski, Martin Turnovský, Ronald Zollman and others. His concert tours have taken him to most European countries, also to USA, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Egypt, Israel, Japan, China and Taiwan and concert halls like Carnegie Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin, Kölner Philharmonie, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Wiener Konzerthaus, Festspielhaus Salzburg, Philharmonie am Gasteig München, Palais des Beaux Arts Bruxelles, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Minato Mirai Hall Yokohama, Auditorio National Madrid, Zaragoza Symphonic Hall, People´s Grand Hall Beijing, Chang-Khai-Shek Memorial Hall Taipei, Cairo Opera House, the Prager Spring Festival, Le Mans Festival l´Epau, Montpellier.
Jan Simon has recorded more than 20 CD’s for Supraphon Records, BMG Ariola, Radioservis and the Clarton label. In January 1996 his recording of the Schulhoff piano concertos (together with Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and Vladimír Válek) won the Cannes Classical Award 95 MIDEM in France. His recording project of an issue of integral recording of Chopin’s and Beethoven’s piano Concertos with Prague Philharmonia and Jiri Belohlavek was highly appreciated by the expert reviewers worldwide. In 1994 Jan Simon became the Czech Radio Soloist in Residence. Besides his Artist’s activities he became an Intendant of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and an Artistic Director of the International Music Festival „Radio Autumn“ – preview of European Radio Ensembles held in Prague.