Saxophone Lessons | Clarinet Lessons, Recorder Lessons | Artist development, Ensemble Coaching, NCEA Music Tutoring, Skype Lessons
- Qualifications: Master of Music (Netherlands), BMus Hons (NZ), ATCL
- Pricing: $70 per hour, $35 for half and hour.
- Styles: All
- Suitability: All
Simon is considered one of NZ’s leading saxophonists and specialist teachers of this wonderful instrument. He is president of the NZ Saxophone Society Inc, and teaches at NZSM, Victoria University. He has appeared with all the major NZ orchestras.
Simon took a break from teaching when was appointed the Director of Music for the RNZAF Band in April 2013. Prior to this he had 70 students and all levels and abilities. His students regularly achieve excellence at NCEA music and have gone on to have professional music careers in NZ and abroad. He is returning to teaching in 2018 with 10 places available for saxophone enthusiasts.
Simon graduated from the ArtEZ Conservatorium, Netherlands, with a Masters of Music in classical saxophone and conducting. He is a contract player for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as well as appearing with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands National Orchestra, and Netherlands Blazers Ensemble. He has given solo and chamber recitals throughout NZ, as well as Austria, France, England, Germany, Australia, The United States and Scotland. Simon is an artist teacher at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University, teaching classical saxophone as well as giving numerous master classes around NZ. Simon won numerous international prizes including the prestigious Grachten Festival Conservatorium Competition in Amsterdam, the Artez Kunstnacht Competition for top graduating student, the best saxophonist under 30 at the Melbourne International Festival of Single Reeds as well as being a finalist in the New Zealand National Concerto Competition. He has appeared as saxophonist or conductor at numerous international festivals including the BBC Proms, Brandenburg Festival, Grachten Festival Amsterdam, NZ International Festival of the Arts and the Taranaki Arts Festival. He tours regularly with Chamber Music NZ in various ensembles and has featured on radio and television both in NZ and overseas.
Simon is Passionate about the saxophone and giving people the chance to learn and play. He actively finds groups for his students to be involved in and a manageable expectation.