The notable English pianist Simon Watterton has, throughout his career, given recitals as soloist and chamber musician across the world. In recent years he has performed with conspicuous success in China, USA, Canada, Sweden and Italy as well as extensively in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Simon was born in the Wirral, in North West England, and studied at the Purcell School of Music with Patsy Toh and at the Royal College of Music with Yonty Solomon, where he won a range of prizes and awards, including the Hopkinson Silver Medal.
Simon made his concerto debut at London's Cadogan Hall and was soon featured as a Rising Star in International Piano Magazine at the time of him giving a cycle of all 32 Beethoven Sonatas.
He has made a number of visits on a collaborative piano internship to the Banff Centre in Canada and has worked with a number of distinguished artists, including his wife, the Irish violinist Anna Cashell. Together, they have appeared internationally in Sweden, Spain, Northern Ireland and Beijing, as well as throughout the United Kingdom. Other notable artists with whom Simon had appeared include the 'cellist Raphael Wallfisch and the London International Players, with whom he has also appeared live on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune'.
A specialist in the music of Beethoven, Mozart and Schumann, Simon's repertoire encompasses a wide range of styles and periods. He is particularly noted for having given a number of important lecture recitals, ranging from Liszt's Années de Pèlerinage to Bach's Goldberg Variations.
Simon has also been invited to Italy as a senior coach on the Orchestra Città Aperta Chamber Music Course and he is currently visiting teacher at the Royal Holloway University of London and the University of Limerick.
Also a noted writer on music, Simon Watterton was recently invited to select the music and contribute the Foreword for a new scholarly edition of Frank Bridge's piano music, published by Dover Publishing.
'... a genuine Beethoven pianist ...'
Julian Jacobson Chairman, The Beethoven Society of Europe; Professor, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music; Professor of Piano, Royal College of Music
No cuts or alterations of any kind should be made to this biography without the consent of Simon Watterton.
Simon Watterton events
4 February 2020: Recital – St Mary's Church - Perivale - London
Beethoven - Piano Sonata no.24 in F Sharp Major op.78 Mozart - Adagio in B Minor K540 Schumann - Romance in F Sharp Major op.28 no.2 and Toccata in C Major op.7 Beethoven - Bagatelles in A Major op.33 no.4, C Major no.5 and A Flat major no.7, G Major op.119 no.6 and in G minor op.126 no.2 Beethoven - 'Rondo alla ingharese quasi un capriccio' in G Major op.129 'The rage over a lost penny'
5 February 2020: Recital – St Nicholas' Church - Brighton, UK
Beethoven - Piano Sonata no.7 in D Major op.10 no.3 Schumann - Romance in F Sharp Major op.28 no.2 and Toccata in C Major op.7 Beethoven - Bagatelle in A Minor WoO59 'Fur Elise' and 'Rondo alla ingharese quasi un capriccio' in G Major op.129 'The rage over a lost penny'
25 February 2020: Recital – Chichester Cathedral, UK
Schumann - Arabesque in C Major op.18 Beethoven - Piano Sonata no.2 in A Major op.2 no.2 Beethoven - Bagatelle in A Minor WoO59 'Fur Elise' Schumann - Toccata in C Major op.7
13 June 2020: Concert – St Endellion Church - Port Isaac - Cornwall, UK
with soprano Ruth Hopkins and baritone Alex Poulton - programme tbc
14 June 2020: Concert – Calstock Arts - The Old Chapel - Calstock - Cornwall,UK
with soprano Ruth Hopkins and baritone Alex Poulton
30 June 2020: Recital – Wesley Chapel - Islington - London
5 July 2020: Concert – Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre - Walton-on-Thames - London
Beethoven concert with Classic FM's John Suchet
16 July 2020: Duo recital – St Matthew's Church - Croydon - London
with violinist Anna Cashell
4 August 2020: Recital – Chapel Royal - Brighton
24 September 2020: Recital – St Matthew's Church - Croydon - London
4 October 2020: Concert – Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre - Walton-on-Thames - London
Beethoven sonata cycle concert 1
20 October 2020: Recital – Romsey Abbey - Hampshire, UK
8 November 2020: Concert – Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre - Walton-on-Thames - London
Beethoven sonata cycle concert 2
6 December 2020: Recital – Eaton Concert Series - St Andrew's Church - Norwich