Geoffrey Simon

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Born: July 3, 1946; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia  
Conductor Geoffrey Simon has combined entrepreneurial prowess with his considerable musical talent to build an international conducting career. The founder of his own recording label, Cala Records, Simon is also featured on a number of recordings for mainstream labels Koch International and Chandos. He has appeared as a guest conductor with a number of prominent orchestras around the world.

Born in Adelaide, Australia, Simon studied piano
Read more performance at the University of Melbourne. After his graduation in 1968, Simon left for the United States in order to pursue graduate studies in cello performance at the Juilliard School. He describes his time there as formative, but intense: "If you're in New York and you're going to have a neurosis, that's the place to have it -- it was so intense, but at the same time, there were the most wonderful musical experiences happening."

In 1969, Simon moved to Bloomington, IN, so he could further his education as a cello student with noted pedagogue Janos Starker at Indiana University. That same year Simon also founded the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. He remained music director there until he left for the United Kingdom in 1973.

Taking advantage of his close proximity to Europe, Simon studied with a number of prominent conductors including Herbert von Karajan, Rudolf Kempe, Hans Swarowsky, and Igor Markevitch. He also made a number of appearances with significant British orchestras in the mid-'70s, including the Bournemouth Symphony. Although his London debut took place soon after these successes, Simon was unable to cement himself onto a more permanent career footing. In 1977, he lost the John Player Conductor's Award to Simon Rattle.

Simon returned to the United States in 1978, first as a professor of music at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (until 1982), and later at North Texas State University in Denton (1982-1984). For three years, beginning in 1986, Simon served as the music director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra in New York. He held a similar position with the Sacramento Symphony from 1992 through 1996. Since 1997, Simon has been a conductor and advisor to the Northwest Mahler Festival.

In between his Albany and Sacramento appointments, Simon founded his own recording label Cala, based in London. In addition to featuring a number of Simon's own recordings, the label has featured some of London's finest instrumentalists in a series known as the London Sound. Simon has also been influential in releasing a large number of previously unavailable historical recordings conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Read less

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Composers

Biography

Born: July 3, 1946; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia  
Conductor Geoffrey Simon has combined entrepreneurial prowess with his considerable musical talent to build an international conducting career. The founder of his own recording label, Cala Records, Simon is also featured on a number of recordings for mainstream labels Koch International and Chandos. He has appeared as a guest conductor with a number of prominent orchestras around the world.

Born in Adelaide, Australia, Simon studied piano
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
No. 1. The wounded heart
No. 2. Last spring
Part I: Meditation (Prelude) - Ma tovu - Borechu - Shema Yisroel - Ve'ohavto - Mi chomochoh - Tzur Yisroel
Part II: Kedusha (Sanctification)
Part III: Silent Devotion (Prelude) and Response - Yih'yu letrotzon - Se'u she'orim - Taking the Scroll from the Ark (Interlude) - Toroh tzivoh - Shema Yisroel - Lechoh Adoshem
Part IV: Returning the Scroll to the Ark - Gad'lu Ladoshem - Hodo al eretz - Toras Adoshem - Eitz chayim (Peace Song)
Part V: Va'anachnu (Adoration) - Bayom hahu - Tzur Yisroel - Kaddish (Memorial Service) - Adon olom
Part V: Yevorechechoh Adoshem (Benediction)
Fanfare (Maurice Ravel)
Marche (Pierre-Octave Ferroud)
Valse (Jacques Ibert)
Canarie (Roland-Manuel)
Bourree (Marcel Delannoy)
Sarabande (Albert Roussel)
Polka (Darius Milhaud)
Pastourelle (Francis Poulenc)
Rondeau (Georges Auric)
Kermesse-Valse (Florent Schmitt)
Ouverture: Le 14 juillet (Georges Auric)
Marche nuptiale (Darius Milhaud)
Discours de general: Polka pour 2 cornets a pistons (Francis Poulenc)
La Baigneuse de Trouville: Carte postale en couleurs (Francis Poulenc)
Fugue du massacre (Darius Milhaud)
Valse de depeches (Germaine Tailleferre)
Marche funebre (Arthur Honegger)
Quadrille: Pantalon - Ete - poule - Pastourelle - Final (Germaine Tailleferre)
Ritournelles (Georges Auric)
Sortie de la noce (Darius Milhaud)
Introduction and Scene
In the Cave - Night-time
Song of Love's Sorrow
The Apparition
Dance of Terror
The Magic Circle - The Fisherman's Story
Midnight - Witchcraft
Ritual Fire Dance
Scene
Song of the Will o' the Wisp
Pantomime
Dance of the Game of Love
Finale: The Bells of Morning
I. En el Generalife (In the Generalife)
II. Danza lejana (Distant Dance)
III. En los jardines de la Sierra de Cordoba (In the Gardens of the Sierra de Cordoba)
Overture
Act I Scene 1: Melodrame: First appearance of Ghost
Act I Scene 4: Fanfare: A Flourish of Trumpets
Act I Scene 4: Melodrame: Appearance of Ghost to Hamlet
Act I Scene 5: Melodrame: The Ghost tells Hamlet of his father's murder
Act II: Entr'acte: Prelude to Scene 1 and first appearance in the play of Ophelia
Act II Scene 2: Fanfare: A Room in the Castle - Flourish
Act III: Entr'acte: Prelude to Scene 1 which features Hamlet's soliloquy
Act III Scene 2: Fanfare: A Flourish
Act III Scene 2: Fanfare: The Dumb Show enters
Act III Scene 2: Melodrame: The Players enact the Scene of the Poisoning
Act IV: Entr'acte: Prelude to Scene 1 - A Room in the Castle
Act IV Scene 5: Scene d'Ophelie: Elsinore - Ophelia's Mad Scene
Act IV Scene 5: Deuxieme scene d'Ophelie: Re-enter Ophelia, fantastically dressed with straws and flowers
Act V: Entr'acte: Prelude to Scene 1 - A Churchyard
Act V Scene 1: Chant du Fossoyeur
Act V Scene 1: Marche funebre
Act V Scene 2: Fanfare: Trumpets sound
Act V Scene 2: Marche finale
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro comodo - Andante sostenuto
II. Andante marziale, quasi moderato
III. Scherzo and Trio: Allegro molto vivace
IV. Finale: Moderato assai - Allegro vivo - Presto
I. The Dream of Solomon
II. War Dance
III. The Dance of Belkis at Dawn
IV. Orgiastic Dance
Theme: Andante moderato
Modus I: Moderato non troppo
Modus II: Allegretto
Modus III: Lento
Modus IV: Lento espressivo
Modus V: Molto vivace
Modus VI: Vivo
Modus VII: Cadenza
Modus VIII: Andantino mosso
Modus IX: Lento non troppo
Modus X: Molto allegro
Modus XI: Molto allegro
Modus XII: Vivo non troppo
I. Allegro vivo appassionato
II. Alla polka
III. Largo sostenuto
IV. Vivace - Meno mosso
No. 1. La Fuga in Egitto (The Flight into Egypt)
No. 2. San Michele Arcangelo (St. Michael Archangel)
No. 3. Il Mattutino di Santa Chiara (The Matins of St. Clare)
No. 4. San Gregorio Magno (St. Gregory the Great)
No. 1. Notte Tropicale (Tropical Night)
No. 2. Butantan (In a snake-garden near Sao Paulo)
No. 3. Canzone e Danza (Song and Dance)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Molto allegro ed appassionato
I. Allegretto
II. Moderato
III. Cadenza
IV. Allegro con brio


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