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Simon Mulligan

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Simon Mulligan is an important pianist, particularly well known as an accompanist for some of the world's leading violinists. Mulligan began studying piano as a child and earned a position as a Music Scholar at St. Paul's School, London. He was a student of Alexander Kelly at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and Jacques Rouvier at the Paris Conservatory. Others he counts as his mentors include Alfred Brendel (with whom he studied Beethoven by special invitation), Charles Rosen, Dmitri Bashkirov, Alexis Weissenberg, and Murray Perahia. He made his debut at the Barbican Centre in London at the age of 19, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. His compact disc debut was in music of Bohuslav Martinu under the baton of the Sir Yehudi Menuhin. He appeared frequently with the great musician and humanitarian, and took part in what would be Lord Menuhin's final concert in Düsseldorf, Germany, in March, 1999. Mulligan has made solo and chamber music compact discs, including Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Alexis Weissenberg's Sonate en Etat de Jazz, and his own composition, Suite for Piano and Orchestra. After the death of famed violinist Joshua Bell's long-time friend and accompanist Andrew George De Grado, Mulligan became Bell's regular recital partner, and has toured with him to North America, Asia, and Europe. He has also accompanied the King's Singers on a Japanese tour. As a member of the London International Piano Quintet, he has played in various international locations from Buenos Aires to Berlin. In addition to Joshua Bell, he frequently accompanies cellist Lynn Harrell, clarinetist Michael Collins, and violinist Daniel Hope. He founded his own jazz quartet in 1986, which has been invited to festivals in Barbados, Soho, Paris, and Germany, and he has been commissioned to write arrangements of songs by Aaron Copland and Kurt Weill for the London International Piano Quintet to play with a baritone singer at the Gstaad Festival in Switzerland. His solo recordings appear on the Nimbus label and his work as an accompanist can be heard on various labels.
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