Simon Lepper | piano
Simon read music at King’s College, Cambridge before studying collaborative piano with Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Specialising in song accompaniment, he has regularly collaborated with singers including Benjamin Appl, Karen Cargill, Stéphane Degout, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sally Matthews, Mark Padmore, Christopher Purves, Elizabeth Watts and Lawrence Zazzo. He performs extensively in venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Frick Collection, New York, La Monnaie, Frankfurt Opera and the Wigmore Hall as well as at festivals throughout the UK and in Ravinia, Edinburgh and Verbier.
He is a committed teacher and is currently professor of piano accompaniment and a vocal repertoire coach at the Royal College of Music, London where he also co-ordinates the collaborative piano course. Since 2003 he has been the official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
His discography includes Mahler songs with Karen Cargill, two volumes of Debussy Songs and a Strauss disc with Gillian Keith, the complete songs of Jonathan Dove with Kitty Whately and Schubert Songs with Ilker Arcayürek.