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Simon Ballard

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Simon Ballard

Simon is our Chilled Strings tutor. He enjoys a varied career as a musician, both as a performer and educator.

Performances with his string quartet, the Billroth Quartet, have taken him to concert halls and venues home and abroad, such as St Martin in the Fields, Cadogan Hall and as far away as China's Beijing Concert Hall.

His quartet also feature in every episode of Dave Gorman's TV show, "Modern Life is Goodish". Other freelance music making opportunities have included performances in France, Belgium, Spain and Hungary.

Simon completed his master's degree from Trinity College of Music in 2013 studying with the phenomenal musician, Rivka Golani (generously funded by the Peter Fuller Holden Scholarship).

As a student he was awarded the Nick Roth prize for string ensemble playing, and best set work prize in the Greenwich String Quartet Festival Intercollegiate String Competition. Rivka's class gave Simon the opportunity to perform viola ensemble music at the Bartók Festival in Hungary (where he also made his conducting debut).

As a teacher, aside from private tuition, Simon worked for Trinity's Junior Department for several years before becoming more involved in adult music education - now directing the Chilled Strings amateur ensemble in Primrose Hill as well as being string coach to the Intermediate Learning Orchestra.

Away from the viola, Simon also works as a professional portrait photographer and has a passion for nature photography, having exhibited a number of fine art landscape and macro images at Lauderdale House in Highgate.