Simon Callaghan, piano

British pianist Simon Callaghan is in much demand internationally as a soloist and chamber musician.  His intelligent and compelling performances both on the concert platform and in the recording studio are earning him a reputation as an exciting and versatile young artist.  Recent performances include a chamber music tour of South Korea, a début with the RLPO, a gala concert with ENO principals and appearances on ITV and BBC Television.  He has also broadcast on BBC Radio.

Simon Callaghan is equally at home performing mainstream repertoire and lesser-known pieces, frequently presenting works by Sterndale Bennett, Parry and Kapustin among others, in his recital programmes.  He recently released a CD of English piano music on the Belgian De Rode Pomp label which received the following review from “an essential purchase…one can ask nothing more…stunning playing”

Following his studies at Chetham’s School of Music with Bernard Roberts, Simon was awarded a full scholarship to study with Yonty Solomon at the Royal College of Music, from where he graduated with first class honours and won numerous prizes.  He has also taken awards at the Bromsgrove International Competition, Jean Françaix Concours (Paris) and the Liverpool Young Musician of the Year and is grateful to the Craxton Memorial Trust, the Zetland Foundation and several anonymous benefactors for their continued support.

Engagements for the 10/11 season include collaborations with the ‘cellist Tim Hugh (LSO), the Maggini, Barbirolli and Sacconi Quartets and the actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales.  He will also record a disc of Delius two-piano music with Hiroaki Takenouchi for SOMM (supported by the Delius Trust) and will perform concertos by Chopin, Gershwin, Grieg, Medtner, Saint-Saens, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff, as well as solo and chamber recitals throughout the UK.

"An almost faultless performance...there was an excellent balance between delicate approaches and thundering fortissimos."
- Liverpool Daily Post 2004

"What a wonderful pianist, who combines complete understanding of the style of music he is playing with a rare subtlety and brilliance of execution."
 - Sir Roger Norrington

"I was very impressed by his fluent, skilful pianism and his innate musicality. He plays with intelligence and conviction and I wish him much success in his musical career."
 - Stephen Hough


Performances with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra