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Marijn Simons is Conductor and Artistic Director of the Simons Ensemble. Since 2012 he is Assistant Conductor at the Opernfestspiele in Heidenheim. During the 2013 edition of the Opernfestspiele Heidenheim Simons was Artistic Director of the bi-annual Zeitgenossen festival.

Simons has conducted amongst others the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Aachen Symphony Orchestra, West Saxon Symphony Orchestra, Württemberg Chamber Philharmonic Heidenheim, Audite Nova Ensemble, St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, Yekaterinburg Chamber Orchestra, Mineralnye Vody Philharmonic, Kharkiv Philharmonic, Limburg Symphony Orchestra, Nieuw Amsterdams Peil and the Simons Ensemble.

Simons' compositions have been commissioned and performed by such conductors and soloists as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marin Alsop, Peter Eötvös, James MacMillan, Marcus Bosch, Christian Lindberg, Evelyn Glennie, Dorothee Oberlinger and by orchestras and ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, The Hague Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Aachen Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Tambuco Percussion Ensemble and the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Simons was Composer-in-Residence at the Orlando Festival, Delft Chamber Music Festival, Cabrillo Festival and the Zeitgenossen festival. His compositions were premièred at concert venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City and the Hanoi Opera House. He has received the Philip Morris Arts Prize, Limburg Culture Award, Wim Bary Perspective Award and his composition The City of the Soul has been awarded Best Dutch Choral Composition in 2001.

October 2014 saw the world première of his first opera Emilia Galotti commissioned by the Koblenz Theatre.

Simons was born in The Netherlands in 1982. He studied violin with Saschko Gawriloff, composition with Daan Manneke and James MacMillan and conducting with Ed Spanjaard, Jean-Bernard Pommier and Kenneth Kiesler.

August 2016

 

 




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