Simon Over, piano

Simon Over studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, the Royal Academy of Music in London and at Oxford University. At the Academy, he won all the major awards for piano accompaniment and at the same time made his début at London’s South Bank and on BBC Radio Three. Since then, he has accompanied many internationally-acclaimed singers and instrumentalists in performances at the South Bank, at the Wigmore Hall, the Edinburgh International Festival and at other major concert venues throughout Europe. Together with the pianist Malcolm Martineau, he has devised and presented various recital series at St. John’s Smith Square in London. From 1992 to 2002 he was a member of the music staff of Westminster Abbey, and Director of Music at both St Margaret’s Church and the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster. He is the Founder-Conductor of the UK Parliament Choir and has conducted all the choir’s performances in conjunction with the City of London Sinfonia, La Serenissima, The London Festival Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia.

Simon Over has been Music Director of Southbank Sinfonia since its formation in 2002 and has conducted many of its concerts throughout the UK and Europe in concert halls as diverse as St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle; St James’s Palace; The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Westminster Abbey; a beer tent in Bury St Edmunds and a converted cowshed in Aberdeenshire. He has conducted Southbank Sinfonia in recordings with cellist Raphael Wallfisch and tenor Andrew Kennedy and in 2009 and 2010 conducted the orchestra in a total of 71 performances of a new production of 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour' (Tom Stoppard/André Previn) at the Royal National Theatre which received rave reviews.

In 2006, Simon Over was appointed Conductor of the Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir and has been associated with Samling in its work with young professional singers since its inception in 1996. Mr. Over is Artistic Director of the Music Festival in Anghiari (Tuscany), where he was recently made an Honorary Citizen. Further afield, he has conducted the City Chamber Orchestra (Hong Kong) and Southern Sinfonia (New Zealand). He has worked with many internationally acclaimed musicians, including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Emma Kirkby, Dame Felicity Lott, Alessio Bax, Malcolm Martineau, Emma Johnson, and Sir James and Lady Galway. As a pianist, his performances with American violinist Miriam Kramer at the Wigmore Hall London and Lincoln Center, New York, as well as on several recordings, have received high critical acclaim.