[William Howard | Simon Blendis | Jane Salmon | Douglas Paterson | Peter Buckoke]
Since joining the Schubert Ensemble in 1995, Simon Blendis has developed an international career as a chamber musician, orchestral leader and soloist. Alongside his work in the Ensemble, Simon has shared the position of First Concertmaster of Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan, and this year he was appointed leader of the London Mozart Players. He also regularly guest leads orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. A keen exponent of new music, he has given over 40 first performances and had new pieces written for him by, amongst others, Tansy Davies, Stuart Macrae, John Woolrich and jazz legend Dave Brubeck. As a soloist he has appeared with the RPO, ECO and OEK in Japan, with whom he has recorded Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for the Warner Japan label.