2019 MusiciansSimon Baldwin

Hailing from the Victorian town of Shepparton, Simon Baldwin is an artist dedicated to thoughtful programming and sensitive musicianship. Simon’s music-making has been influenced by the four years he spent at Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, summers in Aspen, Colorado, and living in the city of Melbourne, where he is currently based.

Career highlights include performances with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Australian Youth Orchestra, as well as appearing as a member of the World Youth Orchestra as part of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010, and presenting educational programs and concerts with his chamber group, the Yarra Brass Quintet.

Simon has spent most of the past eight years in a formal study environment, earning a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Singapore, followed by a Master of Music at the University of Melbourne. Influential teachers include Shannon Pittaway, Don Immel, and Mike Szabo.

Simon has been fortunate to receive generous support along the way, most significantly having his tuition, accommodation and living costs covered by the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, as well as grants and scholarships from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), the Fairley Foundation, the Moonee Valley Foundation, and the AE Floyd Memorial Scholarship.

In 2018 Simon studied the music of Swiss composer Daniel Schnyder, and he travelled to Sweden with the Yarra Brass Quintet to take part in the Stockholm Chamber Brass Academy. This year, he is looking forward to continuing to develop his craft at ANAM.

Photo by Pia Johnson

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