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Andrew Simon

Principal Clarinet

Andrew Simon

"...he is one of the finest players I’ve heard ...competitive with the best of the best.”  
- Jerry Dubins, Fanfare Magazine


Acclaimed clarinettist Andrew Simon has appeared as soloist and guest lecturer on four continents. As Principal Clarinettist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew has recorded solo works by Baermann and Stravinsky and has performed concerti over 70 times, including John Corigliano's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra which he studied with the Academy Award-winning composer. 

Among his notable performances are those with the Mainly Mozart Orchestra (US), the Singapore Symphony, as well as giving the Australian and Asian premieres of the original, unpublished version of Copland’s Concerto. In addition, his recital CDs include “HOT” and his new release, “Ebony and Ivory,” for NAXOS Recordings.


As guest lecturer, he frequents institutions such as Yale University, the Sydney Conservatorium, the Royal College of Music in London and the Central Conservatory in Beijing.  Having recently given his Sichuan, Taiwan, Lithuanian and New Zealand concerto debuts, Andrew also completed his Australian recital/masterclass tour of Australia in July 2019. Upcoming projects include concertos with Jaap Van Zweden, Richard Strauss Duet-Concertino with The SAR Philharmonic and a featured programme for Clarinetfest 2020 in Reno, Nevada.


A graduate of The Juilliard School, Andrew is a Buffet-Crampon, Vandoren and Ishimori artist. He is also the first American-born musician to perform in North Korea. 


Away from music, his adventurous streak has taken him to an ashram in India, a bungy jump in New Zealand and a tennis match against John McEnroe (he lost).