Gwilym Simcock

Gwilym Simcock

Gwilym Simcock





Gwilym Simcock

Jazz Pianist

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Gwilym Simcock is one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the British scene. A musician of dazzling ability, he is able to move effortlessly between jazz and classical music, and has been described as reminiscent of Keith Jarrett, complete with “harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions.” A recipient of the award for “Jazz Musician of the Year” at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in England, his music has been widely acclaimed as engaging, exciting, often unexpected, and wonderfully optimistic.

"He's a formidable musician as well as a formidable pianist, with a feeling for the way harmony can create architecture as well as momentary colours -- a rare gift."
The Telegraph (London)

"Gwilym Simcock's prodigious creations on the piano straddle the border between classical and jazz to mesmerising effect ... a stupendous improviser and a remarkable musician all round."
The Observer (London)

"Full of soaring lyricism and advanced harmony ... this record will only advance his cause."
The Times (London) review of Good Days

"Gwilym's an original. A creative genius."
Chick Corea

Gwilym Simcock

A virtuoso pianist and imaginative composer, Gwilym Simcock is a leading artist on the European music scene. Trained as a classical pianist from his youth, at the age of fourteen he turned his attention to jazz and composition, putting his musical foundation to work in a quest for a new and original sound. That his endeavor has borne fruit is confirmed by a myriad of awards, including the UK's Parliamentary Jazz Awards and the BBC Jazz Awards designation as “Jazz Musician of the Year.” Moving effortlessly between classical and jazz forms, he has been described as reminiscent of Keith Jarrett, complete with “harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions.” Pianist and composer Chick Corea called him "a creative genius."
The range of his work both as pianist and composer are testament to the depth of his musicianship. His solo performances include those recorded on the albums Blues Vignette (Basho) and Good Days at Schloss Elmau (ACT) which was chosen by the most prestigious music award in the UK, the Mercury Prize, as "Album of the Year." Duos include those with such artists as violinist Thomas Gould, bassist Yuri Goloubev, and pianists Leszek Mozdzer and Michael Wollney. He co-leads the Anglo-American quartet The Impossible Gentlemen with whom he has released three albums. He has been commissioned to write new works for dancers, choirs, small ensembles, big bands and large orchestras and continues to be in demand as a composer and arranger.