Simone Pirri (1994) is a young and emerging Italian violinist characterised by an engaging and eclectic personality. Strongly driven by a profound passion for the music of the baroque and classical periods, Simone mainly specialises in period performance and its historical practices.
A sought-after soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and orchestral player, Simone performs regularly with some of the world's most renowned early music groups in Europe and beyond. He has appeared with Il Pomo d'Oro, La Serenissima, Ensemble Diderot, Arcangelo, La Nuova Musica, Brecon Baroque, Collegium 1704, Holland Baroque, Ensemble Pygmalion, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Les Musiciens du Louvre. He has also been invited to lead groups such as Oxford Bach Soloists, Talenti Vulcanici, Welsh Camerata, Ensemble Corte Armonica just to name a few. He has recorded discs for Alpha, Outhere, Chandos, Pentatone and Audax Records. He is currently regular leader with New Trinity Baroque (Serbia/UK) and Eboracum Baroque (UK).
Simone has performed in some of the world's most prestigious concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall (London) for BBC Proms, the Lincoln Centre (New York City), Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne), Theater an der Wien (Vienna) and Wigmore Hall (London).
In 2017 he has taken part in the world premiere recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s "St. John Passion" translated and adopted into Welsh language which aired on TV channel S4C on Good Friday of the same year. He has appeared as a guest on an episode of the BBC Radio Wales “Arts Show” in February 2017 and performed live on BBC Radio 4 in August 2018.
After completing a Bachelor of Music degree with the highest marks in Violin Performance at Conservatorio Luisa D'Annunzio in Pescara (2012), Simone moved to the United Kingdom to pursue his postgraduate studies in early music and focus on historical performance practice with world leading experts such as Rachel Podger, Simon Standage and Nicolette Moonen, graduating with a Master of Arts with Distinction in Historical Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London (2016) and a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction in Historical Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff (2017).
Simone was the winner of London’s Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize for two consecutive years (2014 and 2015) and has been a recipient of funding awards by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Loan Fund for Musical Instruments, The Zetland Foundation, The Gane Trust, The Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust, Settimana Mozartiana and Help Musicians UK. In May 2017, after winning an online world contest, he was invited to join Symphoniacs (a sensational Berlin based classical electro crossover band signed to Universal Music Group) at a show of their European tour receiving great acclaim. He has also performed live with DJ Yoda on Jazz FM and led a period string quartet in a studio session to record the soundtrack of a 2019 BBC documentary with British composer Sheridan Tongue. In early February 2020 Simone was interviewed on an episode of "Tutti in classe", a popular radio programme of RAI Radio 1, the national public broadcasting company of Italy.
He was the recipient of the Belsize Baroque Leader Scholarship 2018/2019 and a participant of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment "Ann and Peter Law Experience for Young Players 2019". In 2019/2020 he was a Samama Fellow with the Dutch baroque ensemble Holland Baroque and a Handel House Talent at the Handel & Hendrix in London. In March 2020 he was selected for the Emerging Artist chair with La Serenissima ensemble.
In September 2020 he was appointed as the new baroque violin and viola tutor of the yearly Belgrade Baroque Academy (Serbia).
Simone plays on a Pietro Paolo De Vitor (1730-40, Venice) on generous loan from the Harrison-Frank Family Foundation.
“When I first heard Simone playing in a masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music, I was struck by his fluency of playing, his musicality and his boundless positive energy. His fine playing is versatile, and I have heard him play highly virtuosic violin music with great aplomb.”