UK-based pianist & composer Simeon Walker has quickly emerged as a leading light in the burgeoning Modern Classical scene, following the release of his first album Mono and Help Musicians & PRS Foundation-funded follow-up, Winnow. In recent years, Simeon has performed & toured across the UK and Europe, supporting S. Carey, Sebastian Plano, Loscil, Marconi Union & Erland Cooper, whilst also appearing at Latitude & Timber Festival (UK), Q3Ambientfest (DE), FAN Festival (PT) and a range of concerts, shows and live music events.
With a creative interest in making spacious music, his work receives regular broadcast on radio, notably BBC Radio 3’s ‘Unclassified’ show, appearing also on BBC 6Music, Radio 4, World Service & BBC Introducing shows; alongside Seattle-based KEXP and Berlin-based NeoFM. His music has been streamed 10 million times across a variety of online platforms, featuring on Spotify’s Peaceful Piano & Classical New Releases playlists.
Simeon founded and continues to curate Brudenell Piano Sessions - an intimate and varied series of live music events highlighting the diverse and varied music being composed and performed on the piano. Held at one of the UK’s most iconic venues, Brudenell Social Club, these events seek to give a platform for new and emerging artists to present their work in an informal, supportive and encouraging environment, whilst challenging audiences’ perceptions about where this work can be heard, and providing opportunities for new musical discoveries.
Walker recently completed an MMus in Composition at Leeds College of Music, working with renowned composers such as Errollyn Wallen, Matthew Bourne and Ben Gaunt, with a focus on expanding his harmonic language and approach to structure, amidst the increasing influence of composers such as Howard Skempton, Morton Feldman, John Cage, Arvo Pärt and Laurence Crane. Having trained as a singer alongside the piano, he also retains a keen interest in choral music.
With work described as ‘beautifully captivating’ by Gold Flake Paint and ‘sophisticated and elegant’ by Piano & Coffee, Simeon’s calm, introspective piano-based instrumentals invite listeners and performers alike to find stillness, beauty and meaning as much in the spaces between the notes as the notes themselves. In a scrolling-fuelled world, his music offers the opportunity to escape the busyness of everyday life.
“Resplendent” – The Big Issue
“Beautifully captivating” – Gold Flake Paint
“A tender-hearted collection of thoughtfully composed pieces in slow bloom and wrapped in hushed intimacy” – Stationary Travels
“Listening to ‘Mono’ is remembering to breathe again” – GIGsoup