Head of Keyboard Studies
MA MPhil PhD (Cantab)
Simon Phillippo studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK and abroad, as a recitalist, concerto soloist and accompanist. A distinguished chamber musician, Simon has always devoted his musical life to collaborative and interdisciplinary performance at the highest level, and his career has embraced performance both as pianist and conductor. Simon was a member of the music staff at Welsh National Opera for 14 years, conducting over 150 opera performances in Cardiff and across the UK, and he has performed with orchestras and opera companies around the world. He is also an eminent vocal accompanist and has performed a diverse repertoire with some of the world’s finest singers.
Simon is passionate about the education of young musicians and has taught at many universities in the UK. He has led the Keyboard Department at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama since 2015, creating a revolutionary course that focuses on the pursuit of pianistic excellence while offering a diverse, stimulating training in all the musical skills needed in order to thrive in today’s profession.
Simon has particular research interests in the field of twentieth century music and is a leading authority on the music of British composer Robert Simpson (1921-1997). He is currently editing several major pieces for the new urtext edition of Simpson’s works published by Ricordi Berlin.
In his teaching and in his research, Simon combines a lifelong devotion to performance with his commitment to musical and cultural learning across the broadest range of experience.
Simon has conducted performances of Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto (2014), and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (2015) for Welsh National Opera, and was the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467 at the Fishguard Festival, St David’s Cathedral, with the orchestra of WNO, conducted by Carlo Rizzi (2016).