Gwilym Simcock biography

Gwilym Simcock

Last updated: 19 July 2011


  • Gwilym Simcock: piano, french horn
  • Phil Donkin: bass
  • Martin France: drums
  • Stan Sulzmann: saxophone
  • John Parricelli: guitar
  • Ben Bryant: percussion

Gwilym Simcock has been described as being stylistically reminiscent of Keith Jarrett, and has elicited praise from the Guardian, who described him as, "a class act".

Simcock's influences include jazz legends Jarrett, Chick Corea and John Taylor and much inspiration is taken from the classical world.

"I love the work of Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky as well as contemporary composers such as Mark-Anthony Turnage who fuse together written and improvised music," he says.

Aside from his renowned solo piano work, Gwilym has worked extensively throughout Europe playing with the cream of British and international jazz artists.

His own groups as a leader range from trio to big band, to a 40-piece ensemble featuring a gospel choir and strings.

A previous winner of the Perrier Award, BBC Jazz Awards and British Jazz Rising Star Awards 2005, Gwilym is currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist - the first jazz artist to be selected.

He was voted Jazz Musician of the Year at the 2007 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and was again nominated for the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards as Best Instrumentalist. In July 2011 he was one of 12 artists shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, for his album Good Days At Schloss Elmau.

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