2019 MusiciansSimon Svoboda

Simon Svoboda is striving to become the most versatile musician he can be. From being an intensive classical-cellist to an avid improviser, Simon is working towards being proficient in many musical languages and forms.  

Some recent highlights for Simon include lessons with Jean-Guihen Queyras, Johannes Moser, Marko Ylönen, Tristan Cornut; participating in the 2018 Cervo Sommerakademie with lessons from Troels Svane; a special performance of Bach’s Suite no. 5 at the Cervo Sommerakademie; a guest recital as part of the Queensland Music Festival; performances with the Australian Youth Orchestra ‘Momentum Ensemble’; performing Bartók’s String Quartet no. 2 at the Kodaly Summer School in 2017; and as soloist for Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major with the ‘Pulse Chamber Orchestra’ from the University of Queensland. 

Simon is an avid chamber musician and orchestral player, having played extensively in ensemble settings throughout his career so far. From performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, to winning the 2017 4MBS Chamber Music Prize with violinist Phoebe Masel, Simon loves performing music with others and looks forward to always collaborating with great friends and musicians.  

Simon graduated from the University of Queensland in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music and First Class Honours with guidance from cello legend Patrick Murphy. Speaking of cello legends, Simon is thrilled to continue his training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Howard Penny! 

In his spare time, Simon loves a good cup of coffee, surfing, and playing with his band ‘The Biology of Plants’.


IN SIMON'S WORDS

“I gave a performance of Bach’s Suite no. 5 for Solo Cello in Cervo, inside a sold-out 16th century church. I felt very exposed, and it felt like an intimate experience."

Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - Mark Debeljak and Daniel Lehrer, Jan Williams, Elise Callander, Kingsley Gee, Geoffrey Dobbin, Rob Piaggio, Rosalind Price, Igor and Jenny Zambelli, Helen Edwards and Lee Ann Connor, Anonymous (1)

Photo by Pia Johnson

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