Simon Callaghan | piano
Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Recent tours have taken him to Asia, Europe and North America and to the UK’s major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and St David’s Hall Cardiff.
In 2017 he released his debut recording for Hyperion’s lauded Romantic Piano Concerto series: the first recordings of Roger Sacheverell Coke’s Concerti with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins. The disc reached No. 3 in the specialist classical charts, the top ten in the Classic FM chart and garnered enthusiastic reviews across the press. Simon’s interest in rarely performed works has also led to invitations to perform concerti by Françaix, Tippett and to give the first UK performance since 1946 of Medtner’s 3rd Concerto. His rapidly-expanding discography includes solo works by Brahms, Sterndale Bennett, Parry and Coke. He has also made two recordings of Delius, with Parnassius Duo partner Hiro Takenouchi, on the SOMM label.
Simon has performed frequently on BBC radio and television. Contemporary music performances have included works by Joseph Phibbs, Julian Anderson and Kenneth Hesketh, and he was recently invited by the Royal College of Music to play Boulez’s Dérive II as part of their Variable Geometry series. In addition to his performing schedule, Callaghan is Director of Music at Conway Hall, where he oversees the longest-running chamber music series in Europe. He is also a PhD Researcher at the Royal Northern College of Music, working to bring the oeuvre of Roger Sacheverell Coke into the public domain.