Simon Reade : Associate Artist
Photo: Andrew Castles
Artist website: http://www.mapeditions.com/composers-and-authors/simon-reade
Born in Launceston, Tasmania, Simon graduated from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in 1998, majoring in composition. He then completed a Bachelor of Education in 2005 and is currently employed as a Brass specialist teacher at Ogilvie and Bellerive schools.
Simon has been the Musical Director of Hobart City Band Inc. since 1997 and is the conductor of the Hobart Wind Symphony, who he led to the 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2017 National A Grade Concert Band titles. He was accepted into the Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program in 2014/15, completing modules with Christopher Seaman and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Eckehard Stier and the Auckland Philharmonia, and Johannes Fritzsch and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
As a conductor, Simon is passionate about the performance of new music - and especially Tasmanian music. He has conducted the premiere performances of over 100 new works by Tasmanian composers, as well as reviving many important Tasmanian compositions. He has premiered several important works of Don Kay as well as most of the large ensemble works by Simon Barber. In February 2014 he conducted premiere performances of Barber and Kay's Piano Concertos with Michael Kieran Harvey as soloist. In November 2014 he premiered Kay's opera, The Bushranger's Lover to great critical acclaim. In 2016/17 he presented concerts with Michael Kieran Harvey under the title Forum 12/11, premiering Piano Concertos by Scott McIntyre, Andrián Pertout and Don Kay alongside a great array of new music. In 2018 he takes up the direction of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra's Philharmonic Orchestra and will also premiere new works by McIntyre, Kay and Barber with Hobart Wind Symphony and Forum 12/11.
In his spare time he composes, having filled commissions from the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, the Festival of Voices (Tasmania), IHOS opera, the Hobart Chamber Orchestra, the Derwent Valley Band and the Tasmanian Composer's Festival, amongst others. His music has been performed by such eminent performers as; Michael Kieran Harvey, Jabra Latham, Diego Campagna, Maurizio Barbetti, Duo Porto-Frontini, Luca Ferrini & Joze Kotar, and Benjamin Price. He has music for band published through Brolga Music Australia, selected chamber works through Musicisti Associati Produzioni of Milan, and he is a represented composer at the Australian Music Centre.
He lives in Campania, just out of Hobart, with his wife Claire and sons Owen, Callum and Elliott.
Simon Reade — current to January 2018
||Songs : for clarinet and piano (2015)||Commissioned by the Tasmanian Composers Festival|
|Voyage : Study XII (2011)||Commissioned for Derwent Valley Concert Band.|
|Song II : for saxophone orchestra (2010)||Composed at the invitation of Jabra Latham|
|Sonata no. 2 : for saxophone and piano (2009)||Commissioned by Jabra Latham.|
||Chaconne : for wind orchestra (2007)||Composed for the Hobart Wind Symphony (then called the Hobart City Concert Band) for a recording project funded by Arts Tasmania of the compositions and arrangements of Simon Reade. This work was specially written for the project.|
|Crofting : SATB choir (2006)||Commissioned by the ANCA youth choir for Choralfest 2006. Revised for the Tasmania University Musical Society in 2009.|