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Edward Simon

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: July 27, 1969    

Edward Simon

The process by which Simon became an internationally regarded jazz musician began in the small coastal town of Cardón, Venezuela, where he grew up surrounded by the sounds of Latin and Caribbean music. Born in 1969, Simon credits his father, Hadsy, for developing his passion for music and supporting him and his two brothers, Marlon and Michael, to become professional musicians.

He attended the Philadelphia Performing Arts School, graduating at 15, then received a music scholarship from the University of the Arts where he studied classical music with concert pianist Susan Starr. Later he transferred to the Manhattan School of Music where he studied jazz piano with Harold Danko.

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Awards

  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Guggenheim Fellowship (2010)
  • Chamber Music America, New Works: Creation and Presentation (2008)
  • New York Foundation for the Arts: Fellowship in Music Composition (2008)
  • J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board & US Department of State, Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Grant (2008)
  • State of Florida Music Composition Fellowship (2007)
  • Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy Award nominee: Viva (CAM Jazz) (2007)
  • US Artists International (2006)
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Jazz Composition (2005)
  • Chamber Music America, New Works: Creation and Presentation (2004)
  • International Association of Jazz Educators, Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education (2004)
  • International Association of Jazz Educators, Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education (1999)
  • Seven Arts Magazine, Rising Star Award (1997)
  • Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, 3rd prize (1994)
  • University of the Arts School of Music, Alumni Achievement Award (1993)
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    Live in New York at Jazz Standard

    Sunnyside Records
    2013
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    Venezuelan Suite

    Sunnyside Records
    2013
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    Poesia

    CAM Jazz
    2009
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    Océanos

    Criss Cross
    2007
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    Unicity

    CAM Jazz
    2006
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    Simplicitas

    Criss Cross
    2005
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    Fiestas de Agosto

    Red Records
    2005
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Featured recording “Venezuelan Suite”

Latest Release

Venezuelan Suite

Sunnyside Records (2014)
Mr. Simon's touch, light and warm, allows for his music to drift calmly, taking its time to get to where it has to go. —The New York Times

He doesn't go in for dazzle and fleet-fingered runs but contents himself with digging in and mining the music for drama and invention. He often turns these rural sounds into deep emotional statements. —Jazz Journal International

Simon is an important presence on the jazz and world music scene. —Los Angeles Times

Primary Instrument:Piano

Location:Orange City, FL

Willing to teach:Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:

Pianist Edward Simon is an experienced educator who has conducted numerous clinics, master classes and workshops around the world, including the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada (2008); the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki (2006); NOCA, New Orleans, LA (2006); Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; East Stroudsburg University, PA; the Music Conservatory at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, MI; City College of New York; EAFIT Universidad Abierta, Medellín, Colombia, WMF Jazz Summer School and Arts Festival, Certaldo, Italy (2008|2009) and the Cork Music Academy, Cork, Ireland (2010). In 2009 Simon was a guest lecturer at New York University, discussing the compositional process of his “Venezuelan Suite”...

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Edward Simon is a Yamaha artist and currently owns a Steinway & Sons model "M".
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