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Simon Lepper


Simon Lepper read music at King’s College, Cambridge. He is a professor of piano accompaniment and a vocal repertoire coach at the Royal College of Music, London where he also co-ordinates the piano accompaniment course. He is an official accompanist for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

Performance highlights have included an invitation from the Wigmore Hall, London to present a three concert project on the songs of Joseph Marx; a recital tour with Stéphane Degout which included the Ravinia and Edinburgh Festivals; his debut at Carnegie Hall, New York with mezzo Karen Cargill and at the Frick Collection with Christopher Purves; performances of the Schubert song cycles with Mark Padmore including at the Schubertiade, Hohenhems and recitals with Angelika Kirchschlager at La Monnaie, Brussels and at the Wigmore Hall where appearances have included recitals with Christopher Maltman, Elizabeth Watts, Stephan Loges, Sophie Bevan, Sally Matthews and Lawrence Zazzo.

Vocal recordings include 2 volumes of Debussy Songs and a Strauss disc with Gillian Keith, a disc of Mahler songs with Karen Cargill. Recent CD releases include Schubert songs with Ilker Arcayürek, Jonathan Dove Songs with Kitty Whately and a recital disc with Dame Felicity Palmer. Forthcoming releases include a Ballad CD with Stéphane Degout.

Last season, Simon gave recitals throughout the UK including at the festivals of Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Buxton, and Three Choirs with singers including Karen Cargill, Kitty Whately and Ashley Riches. Performance highlights abroad included a European tour with Stéphane Degout, a recital at the Frick Collection, New York with Christopher Purves and a performance of Janacek’s “Diary of one who disappeared” with Nicky Spence at the Delft Festival. Last season he returned to the Wigmore Hall with Karen Cargill, Dame Felicity Palmer and Stéphane Degout as well as performing with Benjamin Appl, Nicole Cabell, Stephan Loges and James Newby. Recent and future projects include live broadcast recitals for BBC Radio 3 from the Edinburgh Festival with Ilker Arcayürek and Catriona Morrison, returning to the Wigmore Hall with Sally Matthews, Mark Padmore, Kitty Whately and Gavan Ring, a tour to the US with Ilker Arcayurek as well as a Carnegie Hall recital with Sally Matthews and a recital with violinist Carolin Widmann in Sāo Paulo. He is a professor of collaborative piano at the Royal College of Music where he also runs the collaborative piano course.