Geoffrey Simon

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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
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
Barber, Shostakovich: Cello Concertos / Wallfisch, Simon
Release Date: 10/09/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8322   Number of Discs: 1
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Respighi: Belkis, Queen Of Sheba Suite, Metamorphoseon Modi XII / Simon, Philharmonia
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8405   Number of Discs: 1
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Respighi: Church Windows, Brazilian Impressions / Simon
Release Date: 10/09/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8317   Number of Discs: 1
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Smetana: The Bartered Bride Overture & Dances, Etc / Simon
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8412   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky: Music For Cello & Orchestra / Wallfisch, Simon
Release Date: 10/09/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8347   Number of Discs: 1
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    Tchaikovsky Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94650 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Derek Hammond-Stroud,  Janis Kelly,  Nikolai Vassiliev,  Alexander Arkhipov  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Yuri Simonov,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Lazy Day Classics
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1271 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Schubert,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Christine Pendrill,  James Campbell,  Stephanie Chase
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon,  Roy Goodman
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    The London Harp Sound
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 119 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Paul Sarcich,  Traditional,  Kahn, Gus / Donaldson, Wa  ... 
    Performer:  Ghislaine Petit-Volta,  Virginie Gout-Zschabitz,  Claire Jones,  Charlotte Seal  ... 
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
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    Respighi: Church Windows, Brazilian Impressions / Simon
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 092 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Baby Symphony - Baby's Musical Journey
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 121 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Saint-saëns: Africa, Jota Aragonese, Etc / Simon, Mok, Et Al
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 4031 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Alexandre Luigini
    Performer:  Gwendolyn Mok,  James Campbell,  Susan Milan,  Tina Gruenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Saint-saëns: Requiem, Organ Symphony, Etc / Simon, Et Al
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 4032 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Tinuke Olafimihan,  James O'Donnell,  Simon Kirkbride,  Anthony Roden  ... 
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hertfordshire Chorus,  Harlow Chorus  ... 
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    Ravel: Five O'clock Foxtrot, Etc / Simon, Et Al
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 4027 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Stephanie Chase,  Han de Vries
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Ravel: Valley Of The Bells, Etc / Simon, Et Al
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 4026 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Gwendolyn Mok,  Sally Burgess
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    The London Trumpet Orchestra
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 4113 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Arturo Sandoval,  Isolina Carillo,  Paul McCartney  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice Murphy,  John Wallace,  Paul Archibald,  Rodney Franks  ... 
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
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    Grainger: The Warriors, Etc / Simon, Melbourne So
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 4033 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
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    Respighi: Ballad Of The Gnomes, Etc / Geoffrey Simon, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 4028 Release Date: 12/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Performer:  Leslie Pearson,  Alexander Baillie
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Latin Cello / Geoffrey Simon, London Cello Orchestra
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 4109 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Leonard Bernstein,  Ignacio Cervantes,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cello Orchestra
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    A Cello Christmas /Geoffrey Simon, London Cello Sound, Et Al
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 4115 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Daryl Runswick,  Traditional,  Leroy Anderson  ... 
    Performer:  Chris Dixon,  Paul Watkins,  Kenneth Knussen,  Cathy Colwell  ... 
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  London Cello Sound members,  London Philharmonic Cellos
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    Bloch: Sacred Service / Simon, Berkman, London So
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10288 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch
    Performer:  Louis Berkman
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Zemel Choir
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    L'éventail De Jeanne, Etc / Simon, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10290 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexis Roland-Manuel,  Germaine Tailleferre
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Falla: Love The Magician, Etc / Simon, London SO
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10232 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Sarah Walker,  Margaret Fingerhut
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Zhou Long - The Book Of Songs / Roa, Simon
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 77009 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Zhou Long
    Performer:  Lan Rao
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
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    Romantic Classics
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24114 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Israela Margalit,  Craig Ogden,  Luba Edlina  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Neeme Järvi,  Jascha Horenstein,  Sachio Fujioka  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Hamlet, Etc / Simon, Kelly, London So, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10108 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Derek Hammond-Stroud,  Janis Kelly
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Patterson: Hell's Angels, Mass Of The Sea / Simon, Et Al
    Label: Deux-elles   Catalog: 1050 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Patterson
    Performer:  Christopher Keyte,  Ann Mackay,  Helen Meyerhoff
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon,  David Temple
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brighton Festival Chorus,  Striking Sounds  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 2, Romeo & Juliet, (Original Versions)  / Simon, Lso
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10041 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Saint-saëns: Requiem, Organ Symphony, Etc / Simon, Et Al
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 1032 Release Date: 04/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  James O'Donnell,  Simon Kirkbride,  Anthony Roden,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers  ... 
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  East London Chorus,  Hertfordshire Chorus  ... 
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    Borodin: Requiem, Nocturne, Suites, Etc / Simon, Et Al
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 1029 Release Date: 11/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin
    Performer:  Margaret Field,  Stephanie Chase,  Ian Boughton
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Etc / Simon, Et Al
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 1030 Release Date: 11/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Tamas Ungar
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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