Simon Standage

Simon Andrew Thomas Standage ( born November 8, 1941 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire ) is a British violinist and conductor.


He received his first violin lessons at the age of 7, after school, he studied from 1963 to 1967 Violin at King's College, University of Cambridge, and from 1967 to 1969 with Ivan Galamian in New York.

After various orchestral engagements and solo performances called him Trevor Pinnock in 1973 as concertmaster in the newly founded baroque ensemble The English Concert. In this position he held until the summer of 1991, he performed violin concertos by Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli and Handel and played them on record; his recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons (1981 ) received a Grammy nomination.

During this time he also played violin in modern English Chamber Orchestra from 1974 to 1978 and chaired the City of London Sinfonia 1980-1989; next he was playing baroque violin under Christopher Hogwood at the Academy of Ancient Music.

In 1981 he founded the Salomon Quartet ( with Micaela Comberti, 2nd violin, Trevor Jones, viola, and Jennifer Ward Clarke, cello), which specialized in the performance of the classical string quartet and quintet literature with historical instruments.

From 1991 to 1995 he was associate director of the Academy of Ancient Music. During this time he took up violin concertos with authentic instruments and historically informed performance practice as the first of Mozart.

In 1990, he and Richard Hickox founded the Collegium Musicum 90, which has completely prescribed historical performance practice. It goes into its occupation of a few musicians ( for sonatas ) up to the full size of the orchestra with choir ( oratorio ). Standage works regularly with the Collegium Musicum Telemann in Osaka. Since 1991 he has been concertmaster of the Vienna Haydn Sinfonietta, with whom he has recorded many of them highly prize-winning CDs. With Susan Alexander -Max ( fortepiano) and Jennifer Ward Clarke ( cello ), he plays in the Chamber Ensemble The Music Collection.

In 1983 he became professor of baroque violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London and in 1993 professor of baroque violin and orchestra at the Academy of Ancient Music Lusatia in Görlitz. Since 2005, he has performed as a soloist with the Ensemble Le Chardon headed by Hajo Wienroth. Simon Standage plays a violin by Giovanni Grancino, Milan 1685.

In 2010, Simon Standage was awarded the Georg Philipp Telemann Prize for his extensive work as a performer and high school teachers for the dissemination of works by Telemann.

  • Classical violinist
  • Historical Performance Practice
  • Concertmaster
  • British Musician
  • Born in 1941
  • Man