Simon Callaghan

Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan’s recent schedule has included appearances at Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Symphony Hall, Philharmonic Hall, and St David’s Hall. His engagements have taken him all over the UK, throughout Europe and to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand. He has also broadcast on BBC Radio 3, ITV and BBC Television. In September 2013 he took up the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music.

Simon Callaghan’s collaboration with SOMM Recordings began in 2012 with two volumes of Delius Orchestral Music in arrangements for two pianos, with Hiroaki Takenouchi. Receiving great critical acclaim, the BBC Music Magazine commented that “Simon Callaghan and Hiroaki Takenouchi… play with such love, panache and exact sychronisation.” Simon’s burgeoning relationship with SOMM has led to two further volumes of Brahms chamber music with award-winning cellist James Barralet.

Callaghan’s busy performing schedule has included two residencies at the Banff Centre (Canada), performances of Michael Tippett’s Piano Concerto and the Third Concerto of Nikolay Medtner (the first in the UK since 1946). He has also collaborated with Prunella Scales, Ilona Domnich, Timothy West, Jack Liebeck, Thomas Gould, Raphael Wallfisch and the Maggini, Sacconi, Carducci and Coull Quartets in a broad range of repertoire. Simon is a founder member of the Werther Ensemble, brought together at the inaugural Whittington International Chamber Music Festival. Together with pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi, Simon is also part of the Parnassius Piano Duo, which has a particular interest in championing lesser-known English works, particularly those of Parry and Sterndale Bennett.

As a teacher, Simon is Head of Piano of the Ingenium Music Academy (Winchester), a member of the faculty at Harrow School, and has given masterclasses around the world, most recently in Malaysia and Thailand. He is also Artistic Director of the renowned Conway Hall Sunday Concerts (London), the longest-running chamber music series in Europe.

Simon is represented worldwide by Tashmina Artists.  To enquire about booking him please contact them here.

Projected repertoire for the 2016/17 season

Solo Recitals:

Solo Programme A - (1:30h with interval)

Mozart Sonata in A minor K310 (20’)

Poulenc Les Soirées de Nazelles (24’)


Schubert 4 Impromptus D935 (38’)

Duo Recitals: 

Programme A ­ (duration 90min with interval)

R. Schumann Fantasiestücke Op.73

J. Brahms Sonata for cello and piano No.2 in F, Op.99

- interval­ -

N. Myaskovsky Sonata for cello and piano No.1 in D, Op.12

F. Chopin Polonaise Brillante (arr. Feuermann)

Programme B ­ (duration 90min with interval)

J.S. Bach - Gamba sonata No.2 in D, BWV 1028
L. Beethoven Sonata for cello and piano in g min, Op. 5 No.2
- interval­ -
R. Schumann
 Fantasiestücke Op.73

J. Brahms Sonata for cello and piano No.2 in F, Op.99

For more duo recital suggestions, go to Duo Verzaro.


Beethoven: Concerto No.3
Grieg: Concerto in A minor
Mozart: Concerto in D minor K466
Prokofiev: Concerto No.3
Rachmaninov: Concerto No.2

All above is projected repertoire for the 2016/17 season.