Simon Standage

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A well-reputed specialist for 17th and 18th Century Music, the much celebrated violin virtuoso Simon Standage has been leader of the Haydn Sinfonietta Wien since 1992.

After completing his studies at King’s College, Cambridge, Standage spent four years with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra under Szymon Goldberg. After two years in New York under the violin maestro Ivan Galamian, in 1972 he turned his devotion to baroque violin playing, founding the ensemble The English Concert in that same year. Since then, he has been a highly sought out concertmaster and soloist specifically for historical performances.

As concertmaster, Standage has lead the English Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Academy of Ancient Music and the Collegium Musicum 90. He is also a founding member of the Salomon Quartet, a period performance string quartet focussing on Mozart, Haydn and their lesser-known contemporaries. In his soloist role, he has made more than 300 CD recordings including Vivaldi´s Four Seasons, the Mozart and Haydn violin concertos, and many works by Leclair.

His current activities involve an active international concert schedule, teaching at the Royal Academy of Music and taking part in masterclasses throughout Europe and the USA. In 2010 Standage was awarded the Telemann Prize by the city of Magdeburg in Germany for his work as soloist-director of Collegium Musicum 90 and completing over 10 Telemann recordings for the Chandos label.