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Gwilym Simcock

Pianist

About the artist

Gwilym Simcock

“Simcock’s playing has an iridescent quality; dense harmony and rhythmic surety allied to classical training lends it poise and gravitas. His improvisation exhibits the crystalline, halting touch of Keith Jarrett and indicates that, for all his chops, Simcock has that attribute, not so common in jazz, to significantly rein in licks and let the mood exquisitely resonate” Downbeat 2017

Winner of many awards for his playing and composition Gwilym Simcock moves effortlessly between jazz and classical creating a sound that is very much his own. He works with orchestras, choirs, big bands, small ensembles and musicians from all areas of music including jazz, folk, pop and classical combining through-composed elements with improvisation.

Described as a pianist of ‘exceptional’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘dazzling’ ability, he is renowned for his solo performances, releasing a Barclaycard Mercury nominated solo album ‘Good Days at Schloss Elmau” on ACT in 2011 which was lauded as “dazzlingly fresh”, “world class”, “stupendous” “phenomenal” “a cause for huge celebration”. His music is widely acclaimed as ‘engaging, exciting, often unexpected, melodically enthralling, complex yet hugely accessible’, and above all ‘wonderfully optimistic’.

Gwilym is often on radio and TV including The Proms on BBC2 TV, as guest presenter on ‘Saturday Classics’ and “Composer of the Week” on BBC Radio 3, and with the finalists at the first BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Awards on BBC4 TV. In 2018 he is Artist in Residence with the NDR Big Band.

In 2014 he released two highly acclaimed albums on ACT “Instrumation” with the City of London Sinfonia and “Reverie at Schloss Elmau” a duo with his long time collaborator bassist Yuri Goloubev. Gwilym co-leads Anglo-American Supergroup ‘The Impossible Gentlemen’ (with Mike Walker, Steve Rodby and Adam Nussbaum) who were nominated as Best Ensemble in the 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. He is currently touring the world with US guitar legend Pat Metheny’s new quartet. He is Professor of Jazz Piano at his alma mater The Royal Academy of Music.

“No young musician outside the pop world has moved as fast into the upper reaches of his profession as Simcock”. Stuart Nicholson, Observer

Live Dates

20
Feb
2019
UK London 606 Club
Gwilym Simcock and friends
with John Parricelli guitar, Laurence Cottle electric bass, Martin France drums
8:30pm
90 Lots Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 0QD 020 7352 5953
28
Feb
2019
UK Sheffield Firth Hall
Gwilym Simcock Solo Piano
7:30pm
Firth Court, Sheffield University
03
Mar
2019
US Ann Arbor, Michigan Kerrytown Concert Hall
Gwilym Simcock Solo Piano
8:00pm
04
Mar
2019
US New York City, NY Dizzy’s
Gwilym Simcock Solo Piano
7:30pm
06
Mar
2019
US Easton, PA Williams Center for the Arts
Gwilym Simcock Solo Piano
8:00pm
317 Hamilton Street (at High Street) 610-330-5009
07
Mar
2019
US Cleveland, Ohio Nighttown
Gwilym Simcock Solo Piano
7:30pm
12387 Cedar Road +1 (216) 795-0550
10
Mar
2019
US Toledo, Ohio Toledo Museum of Art
Gwilym Simcock Solo Piano
7:30pm
14
Mar
2019
UK London Wigmore Hall
Gwilym Simcock with Chetham’s Chamber Ensemble
Claude Debussy Children’s Corner (arr. Gwilym Simcock)
1:00pm
15
Mar
2019
CH Chiasso Centro Culturale Chiasso
Duo with pianist Fred Hersch
12:00am
Via Dante Alighieri 3b
19
Mar
2019
UK London Pizza Express Jazz Club
Duo with pianist Pablo Held
8:30pm Admission: £25.
19 Dean Street
20
Mar
2019
DE Essen Essen Philharmonie
Gwilym Simcock Solo Piano
8:00pm
Opernplatz 10 02 01 81 22-0
25
Mar
2019
HU Budapest Budapest Music Centre
Gwilym Simcock Solo Piano
8:00pm
09
May
2019
DE Hamburg Kampnagel K6
with NDR Big Band
8:30pm
24
May
2019
UK Bradford on Avon Wiltshire Music Centre
with Adriano Adewale (percussion) and Jason Rebello (piano)
7:30pm
Ashley Road 01225 860100

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