Simon Cobcroft is Principal Cello with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and has previously held principal positions with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a member of the Lyrebird Trio, winners of the 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition, and resident at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and at the Center for the Arts in Banff, Canada.
Simon studied at the Queensland Conservatorium and the Australian National Academy of Music. Since graduating, he has performed with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony, Denmark’s Esbjerg Ensemble, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and as principal cellist with the Tasmanian and Singapore Symphony Orchestras. He has appeared as principal and soloist at the Aldeburgh, Pacific and Salzburg Music Festivals.
Simon has performed the cello concertos by Elgar and Saint-Saëns with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, winning the 2016 Adelaide Critics’ Circle Award for his performance of the Elgar Concerto. In previous years he appeared as soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Sydney’s Metropolitan Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.
Simon studied with Matthew Farrell, Janis Laurs, Alexander Baillie, David Strange and Michael Goldschlager. He plays on an English cello made in 1840 by Thomas Kennedy.
Simon joins the ASQ for the Twilight concert at Riddoch Art Gallery – Mt Gambier, South Australia