“A refined artist”
Alisa Čakarun, Slobodna Dalmacija
Convinced that the performance of Western art music is today in much need of renovation in both form and content, Antonio Simón proposes a bold mixture of historical research and emotional communication often leading to new and unexpected readings of the classical repertoire. Persuaded that – as Verdi famously put it – a return to past practices is the way to the future, he engages contemporary listeners with narratives that, while drawing from research into historical sources, eschew mainstream convention.
Trained in Madrid, Zagreb and Amsterdam, Antonio Simón is one of the most versatile keyboardists of his generation, equally at home at the piano, fortepiano, harpsichord and clavichord. He is, however, particularly interested in the performance practices and instruments of the romantic era. In this domain, Antonio has recorded – along with cellist Trino Zurita – Franz Liszt’s Complete Works for Cello and Piano.
As a researcher, he has given lecture-recitals in universities of Europe, EEUU, and Australia and received the Mariano Soriano Fuertes musicology prize for his doctoral dissertation. As a performer, he frequently appears in prestigious halls and festivals such as the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid (Spain), the Romantic Fortepiano Festival in Verbania (Italy), the Quincena Musical of San Sebastian (Spain) or the Glazvene Veceri u Sv. Donat in Zadar (Croatia).
Antonio Simón is a tenured professor at Málaga’s Conservatory of Music.