Artist : Piano: Simon Callaghan

Piano: Simon Callaghan

“…an eloquent advocate” - The Sunday Times
“…spirited and skilful playing” The Birmingham Post
“...with passion, total commitment and... heartfelt affection” - Gramophone
“...a wonderful pianist” - Sir Roger Norrington

Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan’s recent tours have taken him to Asia, Europe and North America, and to the UK’s major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, St David’s Hall Cardiff and Manchester’s Bridgewater and Stoller Halls.

Following his début recording for Hyperion’s lauded Romantic Piano Concerto series in 2017 (Roger Sacheverell Coke’s Concerti with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins), in 2018 Simon joined conductor Ben Gernon to release a further disc in the same series, of concertos by Rheinberger and Scholz. The disc reached No. 2 in the specialist classical charts and garnered enthusiastic reviews across the press. Simon’s first solo recording for Hyperion, of solo works by Nicodé (world premieres), will be available in 2019. Callaghan’s interest in rarely performed works has also led to invitations to perform concerti by Françaix, Tippett and to give the first UK performance since 1946 of Medtner’s 3rd Concerto. His rapidly-expanding discography includes solo works by Brahms, Delius, Sterndale Bennett, Parry and Coke among others, on the SOMM, Lyrita, Danacord and Resonus labels.

Simon has broadcast frequently on BBC radio and television. Contemporary music performances have included works by Joseph Phibbs, Julian Anderson, Kenneth Hesketh and Thea Musgrave, and he was recently invited by the Royal College of Music to play Boulez’s ‘Dérive II’ as part of their ‘Variable Geometry’ series. In addition to his performing schedule, Callaghan is Director of Music at Conway Hall, where he oversees the longest-running chamber music series in Europe. He is also a PhD Researcher at the Royal Northern College of Music, working to bring the oeuvre of Roger Sacheverell Coke into the public domain.


「活力四射、技藝精湛的演出」- 《伯明翰郵報》
「熱情、全情投入的演奏…令人心動」- 《留聲機》
「一個令人驚嘆的鋼琴家」- 指揮大師挪靈頓爵士

施坦威藝術家西門.卡拉漢近年積極到世界各地巡演,足跡遍及亞洲、歐洲、北美,及英國多個主要音樂廳,包括維格莫爾大廳 、皇家節慶大廳、伯明翰管弦樂大廳、利物浦愛樂大廳、卡迪夫聖大衛大廳,以及曼徹斯特的布里奇沃特音樂廳及斯托勒大廳。

西門在2017年為Hyperion被受推崇的浪漫鋼琴協奏曲系列灌錄首張專輯(與英國廣播電台蘇格蘭交響樂團和其指揮家馬丁•布拉賓斯合作演奏科克的協奏曲),隨即於2018年與指揮家 Ben Gernon 為同一系列再推出大碟,灌錄萊恩寶格及舒奧茲的協奏曲。該大碟在業界好評如潮,並登上專業古典排行榜第二位,成績彪炳。西門為Hyperion灌錄的首張獨奏專輯,收錄了尼柯得的獨奏作品(世界首演),將於2019年發行。西門對於冷門曲目的興致,促使他多次受到邀請演奏弗•朗和蒂皮特所撰寫的協奏曲,以及梅伯納第三協奏曲(這是自1946年演出以來的首次演出)。西門也十分熱衷於發行錄音作品,錄音數量近年不斷急增,當中包括: 布拉姆斯、戴留斯、斯頓代爾•貝內特、帕裏和科克等作曲家的作品,由Somm、Lyrita、Danacord及Resonus等唱片公司發行。

西門經常在英國廣播電台以及電視台的節目進行演出。而在當代音樂演出曲目就包括:約翰•菲普斯、朱利安•安德森、肯尼斯•赫斯基和蜜絲姬芙的等作曲家的作品。另外,西門亦受英國皇家音樂學院的邀請,在其學院下的「可變化幾何系列」中,演奏布萊茲的「漂移II」。西門也在歐洲其中一個歷史最悠久的室樂音樂會系列 - 康威堂擔任音樂總監。除此之外,西門亦是北方皇家音樂學院的博士研究生,致力將羅傑•塞雪維•羅科克的全部作品再次帶回到世人眼前。

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Excerpt from Rossini's Semiramide Overture, performed by Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong, conducted by Ho-Man Choi