Simon Smith was born in Northumberland in 1983. At St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh he studied piano with Richard Beauchamp
and composition with Tom David Wilson. At Cambridge University he studied composition with Jeremy Thurlow and Giles Swayne.
As a pianist he has performed many of the landmarks of the twentieth-century piano repertoire, most notably many of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Klavierstücke and the Piano Concerto and complete Etudes of György Ligeti, following a performance of which latter he was acclaimed as ‘a phenomenon – nothing daunts him, technically or musically’ (The Scotsman). For Delphian Records he has recorded solo music by James MacMillan and Stuart MacRae, Hafliði Hallgrímsso, Thomas Wilson (in which he also joins members of the Edinburgh Quartet for Wilson’s Piano Trio), Alfred Schnittke and Valentin Silvestrov.
In addition to his performances and recordings he has continued to compose, mostly for orchestra, and also works professionally as
a music engraver, having produced scores of numerous large-scale works by Harrison Birtwistle, James MacMillan, Karlheinz Stockhausen and others.