Simon Lepper

Simon Lepper

Last updated: 03 March 2011

Official accompanist

Simon Lepper was educated at King's College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music.

Simon has given recitals with many leading singers, including Cora Burggraaf, Nicole Cabell, Allan Clayton, Lucy Crowe, Jonathan Lemalu, Stephan Loges, Christopher Purves, Joan Rodgers, Kate Royal, James Rutherford, Ailish Tynan, Elizabeth Watts and Roderick Williams.

He has performed at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salzburg Mozarteum, Musée d'Orsay and Cologne Philharmonie as well as at festivals throughout Europe including Verbier, Switzerland, the December Nights Festival, Moscow and the BBC Proms. Recordings include Debussy and Strauss songs with Gillian Keith, Warlock songs with Andrew Kennedy and contemporary works with violinist Carolin Widmann, which received a Diapason d'Or.

Recent highlights include performances of the Schubert and Schumann song cycles with Mark Padmore, recitals with Sally Matthews at the Concertgebouw, Angelika Kirchschlager at the Verbier Festival and Wigmore Hall and with Dame Felicity Palmer at Oxford Lieder Festival. Future plans include performances with singers Malin Christensson and Lawrence Zazzo and a duet recital with Sally Matthews and Karen Cargill at the Wigmore Hall. This is Simon's fifth appearance as an official accompanist for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

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