Hailing from the central Victorian town of Shepparton, Simon Baldwin is an artist committed to entertaining and challenging audiences through thoughtful concert programming. Simon’s musicianship 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 and studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
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.
Simon has spent time studying in Singapore, where he earned a Bachelor of Music (Honours), followed by a Master of Music at the University of Melbourne. Principal teachers include Shannon Pittaway, Don Immel, Mike Szabo and John Rojak. 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 Fairley Foundation, the Moonee Valley Foundation, D. W. Thornton Bequest Scholarship and the A. E. Floyd Memorial Scholarship.
In early 2019, Simon spent two weeks performing across China and has taken lessons in Germany. He is a member of the Yarra Brass Quintet, who are touring regional Victoria in March 2019.
IN SIMON'S WORDS
"My trip to Germany has been notable. I also remember the audience’s reaction to a version of Magic Flute that premiered in Berlin. Interesting experiences.”
Photo by Pia Johnson