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Simon Reade : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Suite : for guitar by Simon Reade, from the CD Music from a parallel world, V. 1

Photo of Simon Reade

Photo: Andrew Castles

Born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1977, Simon is a composer, conductor and trumpet player. He 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 and conductor at Ogilvie, Bellerive, South Hobart and Sorell schools.

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. Since 2014 his Hobart Wind Symphony have presented an annual workshop for composers, presenting works by over 20 composers from across Australia.

In 2016 he began presenting concerts with Michael Kieran Harvey under the title Forum, premiering Piano Concertos by Scott McIntyre, Andrián Pertoutand Don Kay alongside a great array of new music. In 2019 they will premiere Colin Spiers' Concertino for Piano and Strings and Don Kay's Dansatelle, amongst other works

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. In 2018 he took up the direction of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra's Philharmonic Orchestra, having previously conducted for TYO in the years 2005 - 2012. In 2019 he took up the post of Contest Conductor with Glenorchy City Concert Brass, Tasmania's only 'A' Grade Brass Band. In June he will guest Chorus Master for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus for their performance of Riceboy Sleeps as part of Dark MOFO.

Simon 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

Simon is also an accomplished Trumpet soloist. In 2017 he performed Lendvay's Senza Sordino under the baton of renowned Hungarian conductor Laszlo Marosi. In 2018 he presented the concert premiere of Michael Kieran Harvey's Etude for Trumpet in C and Piano as well as the world premiere of Harvey's Tubby the President. In 2019 he will premiere Don Kay's Concerto for Trumpet with Winds and Percussion as well as Simon Barber's new works, kunanyi and Iterationen.

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, Benjamin Price and Dr Matthew van Emmerik. 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. A selection of his works are available to view on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfY3a345tWjAWjOdi-SkTKQ

He lives in Campania, just out of Hobart, with his wife Claire and sons Owen, Callum and Elliott.

Simon Reade — current to May 2019

Collaborated with

Simon Barber (1995 - current)

Michael Kieran Harvey (2014 - current)


Studied with

Russell Gilmour (1995)

Maria Grenfell (1998)

Raffæle Marcellino (1998)


Influenced by

Don Kay (1995 - current)


Teacher/Influence on

Simon Barber (1995 - current)

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Songs : for clarinet and piano (2015) Commissioned by the Tasmanian Composers Festival
Digital sheet music sample Voyage : Study XII (2011) Commissioned for Derwent Valley Concert Band.
Digital sheet music sample Song II : for saxophone orchestra (2010) Composed at the invitation of Jabra Latham
Digital sheet music sample 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.
Digital sheet music sample Crofting : SATB choir (2006) Commissioned by the ANCA youth choir for Choralfest 2006. Revised for the Tasmania University Musical Society in 2009.