"...he played with superb technical competence but, more importantly, managed to convey a sense of rediscovery, as though he and his audience were hearing the music for the first time."
-South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
Principal Clarinet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Simon is acclaimed for his brilliant musicianship and "almost god-like technique" (Auditorium Magazine). Invited by Maestro MIchael Tilson Thomas to participate in a New World Symphony esteemed alumni concert, Andrew also performed as chamber musician, recitalist, concerto soloist and lecturer in Italy, Scandinavia, the Czech Republic, China, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Japan and throughout the US in 2013 and 2012. He kicks off 2014 with a recital/masterclass tour of the US in January.
The first American-born artist ever to perform in North Korea (1992), Mr. Simon is an active international soloist. He has given more than 60 solo performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, including John Corigliano's Clarinet Concerto, which he studied with the Academy Award winning composer; and GMN’s recording of Baermann’s Adagio conducted by David Atherton. Having toured 23 cities in Japan as soloist, Andrew has also appeared as concerto soloist with the Singapore Symphony, performing Mozart's Clarinet Concerto on the basset clarinet. He has performed with conductor Marin Alsop, with whom he made his Australian concerto debut in 2000, giving the Australian premiere of the original version of Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto.
Recording projects include his solo CD “HOT” (Musicians Showcase), as well as “Ebony and Ivory” his recently released recital CD for Naxos. Andrew regularly writes articles, lectures at conventions, and serves on the faculties of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Baptist University. As guest lecturer, he frequents institutions such as Yale University, the Sydney Conservatorium, the Royal College of Music (London), and the Central Conservatory (Beijing). A graduate of The Juilliard School, Andrew Simon made his Carnegie Hall debut, embarking on an international career.
His adventurous streak has taken him from an ashram in India to a bungy jump in New Zealand. A tennis fan, Andrew’s non-musical claim to fame includes playing a match with John McEnroe. He lost.