Guitarist Elliot Simpson (b. 1987) has given premieres of works by such iconic and diverse composers as Sofia Gubaidulina, Alvin Lucier, and Michael Finnissy, and has collaborated with many acclaimed young composers including Hugo Morales, Ezequiel Menalled, Benjamin Staern, and Sahba Aminikia. He has been a guest of organizations including the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, the San Francisco Symphony, the Centro de Experimentación of the Teatro Colón, the Other Minds Festival, Ensemble Modelo62, the New European Ensemble, the György Ligeti Academy, and the Verband für aktuelle Musik Hamburg, as well as festivals and concert series throughout the United States and Europe in performances ranging from early music to free improvisation.
Awards include prizes at the international competitions of Zwolle (NL) and Nordhorn (DE), and the prestigious Huygens Grant from the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Elliot’s recordings include the complete Royal Winter Music sonatas of Hans Werner Henze, The Wayward Trail, with music for the just intonation National Reso-phonic guitar, and the upcoming ECM release of György Kurtág’s Grabstein für Stephan as soloist with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble under the direction of Reinbert de Leeuw.
Originally from New Mexico, USA, Elliot studied with David Tanenbaum at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and with Zoran Dukic at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. His Master’s degree in The Hague, as both soloist and chamber musician, was awarded “with distinction for his extraordinary contribution to new music.”
He lives and teaches privately in The Hague.