In all of his performances, whether in classical, romantic or the contemporary repertoire, the Dutch conductor Marijn Simons (1982) projects his passion for music on the audiences and musicians.
Since 2012 Simons has been an Assistant Conductor at the Opera Festival in Heidenheim conducting every year highly successful opera performances with the Stuttgart Philharmonic.
Simons is also Conductor and Artistic Director of the Simons Ensemble. He founded this ensemble in 2010 for performing projects with contemporary music. The Simons Ensemble has performed on the national Dutch television, released a CD with Simons’ compositions and has given the Dutch première of the rarely performed “Times Beach” by Frank Zappa.
Simons has conducted amongst others the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Aachen Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie (Koblenz), Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Konstanz), Orquesta Sinfónica del IPN (Mexico City), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala, National Radio Chamber Orchestra (Bucharest), State Philharmonic Orchestra of Sibiu and the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno. With the Kharkiv Philharmonic Simons conducted the first performance in Ukraine of Mahler’s Symphony no. 1 to include the symphonic movement “Blumine”. Future engagements include conducting his own Symphony no. 3 during the Enescu Festival in 2021.
Besides his conducting career Simons is also an internationally acclaimed composer. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by such conductors and soloists as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marin Alsop, Peter Eötvös, James MacMillan, Christian Lindberg, Evelyn Glennie, Colin Currie and by orchestras and ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, The Hague Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic. His works have had premières in famous concert venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), National Centre for the Arts (Mexico City) and the Hanoi Opera House.
“Simons’ Heidenheim performance of Wagner’s ‘Der fliegende Holländer’ was dramatic and exciting, beautifully paced and sensitive to both the voices and orchestral sonority. What is more, it was insightful, bringing new dimensions to a work one knows but in his interpretation rediscovers, as if for the first time.” - Dr. Christopher Hailey (Princeton Professor and Musicologist, Director of the Franz Schreker Foundation)