Born in October 1994, Simone Pirri is an engaging and rising young violinist from Pescara (Italy), currently based in London (UK), who specialises in period instrument performance.
Following 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).
A sought-after soloist/recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral player, Simone has performed with Il Pomo d'Oro (appearing also as soloist), Ensemble Diderot, Arcangelo, La Nuova Musica, Brecon Baroque, Collegium 1704, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Holland Baroque, Dutch Baroque Orchestra, Musica Poetica, Devon Baroque, Rejouissance, Ensemble Symphosium, Ensemble Locatelli, Talenti Vulcanici of Pietà de Turchini, Theresia Youth Orchestra and led groups such as Oxford Bach Soloists, Eboracum Baroque, Welsh Camerata, Ensemble Corte Armonica, Badinerie Baroque Orchestra of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra. He has worked with many of the world's leading early music specialists such as Rachel Podger, Reinhard Goebel, Giovanni Antonini, Vaclav Luks, Masaaki Suzuki, Jonathan Cohen, Johannes Pramsohler, Maxim Emelyanychev and Chiara Banchini.
Simone had the privilege to perform at the Royal Albert Hall (London) for BBC Proms, the Lincoln Centre (New York City), New England Conservatory (Boston), Thomaskirche (Leipzig), Wigmore Hall and St. John's Smith Square (London), Gulbenkian (Lisbon), Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), Kölner Philarmonie (Cologne), St. David’s Hall (Cardiff), Ettlingen Palace (Germany), Musica Antiqua Bruges (Belgium), Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht (The Netherlands) and Stockholm Early Music Festival. He took 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 2017 and appeared as a guest on an episode of the BBC Radio Wales “Arts Show” as well as performed live on BBC Radio 4 with his own ensemble FIGO. Simone has recorded discs with Collegium 1704, Arcangelo and Allabastrina Choir and Consort.
Simone has given solo performances at Clifton Cathedral (Bristol) for Clifton International Festival of Music 2018, St. George Hanover Square (London) for Bachfest 2014 - London Bach Society, Acapela Studios (Cardiff) and Auditorium of Conservatorio Luisa D'Annunzio (Pescara). He was the winner of London’s Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize for two consecutive years 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.
Simone, together with other three colleagues, is founder and member of FIGO, an exciting period group which has been ensemble-in-residence at both Clifton International Festival of Music 2018 in Bristol and Exon Singers Festival 2018 in Tavistock (Devon) and has also been selected for the Brighton Early Music Festival Live Scheme 2018/2019, a platform for emerging ensembles. He is also member of Ystradivarius, an engaging early music sextet based in South Wales with whom he explores chamber music from the 17th and 18th century.
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 is a Samama Fellow with the Dutch baroque ensemble Holland Baroque and a Handel House Talent at the Handel & Hendrix in London. Following a successful audition in March 2020 Simone has recently been appointed an Emerging Artist with the British period instrument ensemble La Serenissima (director: Adrian Chandler).
Simone currently 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.”