Biography

Simon Parkin was born in Manchester. He went to the Yehudi Menuhin School at the age of 10 and trained there as a pianist. An early interest in composition was encouraged there, and at 17 Simon entered Manchester University and the RNCM as a composition student. Upon graduation he was invited onto the staff at RNCM, where he has taught a range of practically-based subjects including aural, improvisation, composition and arranging. He has also taught improvisation and composition at both the Menuhin and the Purcell music schools.

Simon has developed his role as an accompanist/duo pianist, now having a comprehensive repertoire. As well as his partnership with the ‘cellist Hannah Roberts he works regularly with Ralph Kirshbaum, and has performed with a range of international artists. He is a staff pianist at IMS Prussia Cove, London Masterclasses and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Masterclasses. He has recorded a recital disk with violinist Detlef Hahn.

As an arranger, Simon is now regularly commissioned by Manchester Camerata to provide arrangements in a range of style and for a range of ensembles.

As a composer, Simon’s main ongoing project is to compose a piece for every day of the year, for various instruments together with piano. He was awarded a PhD in composition by Manchester University.

Simon has an interest in training, and developing a method for, sight-singing, and is currently writing a book on this subject.

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Arranging

The arranging page contains a catalogue of the arrangements I have already done. You can listen to sound files, view PDFs, and download a small selection of free samples. You can order existing arrangements, or commission new ones here.


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Composing

On the composing page you can listen to pieces, view some scores, and commission new works.


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Pianist

On this page you can hear recordings of some of my performances, view a repertoire list, and contact me about possible duo performances.


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Teaching

Here you will find a description of my teaching, lecturing and research activity, together with suggestions about the range of subjects I could teach privately.


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