Born in Liverpool in 1969, Simon studied with John Harle at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating with Distinction in 1992. During his studies Simon won a succession of awards, scholarships and competitions including the Principal’s Prize and was the first wind player to be accepted for the prestigious YCAT award.
He was Professor of Saxophone at the Guildhall for over 10 years, is currently Visiting Professor of Saxophone at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and has given masterclasses at the Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music.
Simon is much sought after as a recitalist and ensemble player, appearing with the Graham Fitkin Group, Michael Nyman Band, Nash Ensemble, Composers’ Ensemble and all the London Orchestras. He was appointed Principal Saxophone of the London Sinfonietta in 1997. He recently joined Will Gregory’s Synth Orchestra as EWI and keyboard player.
As a soloist, Simon has appeared with the London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Of St John’s, Soloists of the Royal Opera House, East Of England Orchestra, Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
The London Sinfonietta's mission is to place the best contemporary classical music at the heart of today's culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent.
The ensemble is Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre with headquarters at Kings Place, and continues to take the best contemporary music to venues and festivals across the UK and worldwide with a busy touring schedule. Since its inaugural concert in 1968 - giving the world premiere of Sir John Tavener's The Whale - the London Sinfonietta's commitment to making new music has seen it commission over 300 works, and premiere many hundreds more.
The core of the London Sinfonietta is 18 Principal Players, representing some of the best solo and ensemble musicians in the world. The ensemble has just launched its Emerging Artists Programme, which will give professional musicians at the start of promising and brilliant careers the opportunity to work alongside those Principal Players on stage across the season.
The London Sinfonietta's recordings present a catalogue of 20th-century classics, on numerous prestigious labels as well as the ensemble's own London Sinfonietta Label. Most recently, a performance of Philip Cashian's Piano Concerto was released on NMC.
Simon Haram saxophone
Parable is a short work for solo alto saxophone. The idea for the piece came from the legend of the Gordian Knot in which Alexander the Great, unable to untie the rope, slices the knot in half with his sword thus ensuring his future good fortune. The piece doesn’t depict this story in a literal sense but explores a cyclical pattern of notes that is periodically ‘cut’ by interjecting material. The piece was written for Simon Haram.
Supported by London Sinfonietta
Created on Writing the Future, generously supported by Michael and Patricia McLaren-Turner and Anthony Mackintosh
Recorded 17 January 2013 at Silent Age Sound
Producer/engineer SIMON HARAM
(P) 2013 Simon Haram
(C) 2013 NMC Recordings Ltd