Simone Pirri is a captivating and rising young violinist from Italy, London based, who performs primarily on period instruments. A recent masters graduate with distinction at both the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Simone specialised in historical performance practice with leading experts such as Rachel Podger, Simon Standage and Nicolette Moonen. Since completing his postgraduate studies, Simone has started playing with renowned groups such as Il Pomo d’Oro (with whom he also appeared as a soloist), Ensemble Diderot, La Nuova Musica, Dutch Baroque Orchestra, Musica Poetica, Devon Baroque, Welsh Camerata, Réjouissance, Eboracum Baroque, Allabastrina Choir & Consort, Ensemble Symphosium and many others. He had the privilege to perform at prestigious venues such as Lincoln Centre (New York City), New England Conservatory (Boston), Thomaskirche (Leipzig), Wigmore Hall and St. George Hanover Square (London), Saffron Hall (Saffron Walden), Gulbenkian (Lisbon), Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), Kölner Philarmonie (Cologne). Simone has taken part in various recordings including the world premiere film of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion translated into Welsh which aired on Good Friday 2017 on TV channel S4C, while he also appeared as a guest on an episode of the BBC Radio Wales “Arts Show” and performed live on Radio 4 with his own ensemble FIGO. He was the winner of London’s Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize for two consecutive years and has been a recipient of grant awards by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Loan Fund for Musical Instruments, The Gane Trust, The Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust, Settimana Mozartiana and Help Musicians UK. Having recently been awarded the Belsize Leader Scholarship 2018/2019, Simone is looking forward to being the new leader of London’s period orchestra Belsize Baroque as well as to being on the talent scheme at Brighton Early Music Festival 2018 with FIGO, his own ensemble.
Award: Transmission Fund
Instrument/voice type: Violin