Lepper, Simon

Simon read music at King’s College Cambridge followed by piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music. As a student, he received the Gerald Moore Award as well as the accompanist prizes in the Kathleen Ferrier, Richard Tauber and Royal Overseas League competitions. He has recently been appointed professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music. He is an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize.

Current and future plans performances of Schubert’s Schwanengesang with Mark Padmore; a tour of Sweden with Malin Christensson; recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London with singers Karen Cargill, Sally Matthews, Andrew Foster-Williams, Christopher Purves and violinist Carolin Widmann, with whom he will also appear in Amsterdam, Paris and Madrid; recitals at the Concertgebouw with Sally Matthews and Karen Cargill; recitals with Dame Felicity Palmer in the UK and at the Opéra Comique, Paris; UK recitals with the 2011 Cardiff Singer of the World winner, Valentina Narfornita and playing for Thomas Quasthoff’s masterclasses at the Verbier Festival, Switzerland. He will also present his own series collaborating with young singers in London entitled “Spring Voices”

Recordings include the songs of Debussy (Deux-Elles) and Strauss (Champs Hill) with Gillian Keith; Warlock Songs with Andrew Kennedy (Landor records) and Phantasy of Spring (ECM) - contemporary works, including Feldman, Zimmerman and Xenakis  with violinist Carolin Widmann which received a Diapason d’Or. Future releases include the complete songs of CW Orr (Stone records) with Mark Stone and a CD entitled Folk Stories (Challenge Classics) with Cora Burggraaf.

Recent  highlights have included recitals with Mark Padmore throughout the UK of Schumann Dichterliebe and the Schubert song cycles; with Angelika Kirchschlager at the Verbier Festival,  Wigmore Hall and in Ghent;  with Sally Matthews at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam; with Stephen Genz and Lucy Crowe for the ‘December Nights’ Festival in Moscow as well as performances with singers including Dame Felicity Palmer, Stephan Loges, Anna Stéphany, Robin Tritschler, Elizabeth Watts, Joan Rodgers and Lawrence Zazzo.