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Simon Cobcroft

  • Time at ASO 7 years
  • Instrument Cello
  • Position Section Principal - Cello
Simon Cobcroft

Cellist Simon Cobcroft enjoys a diverse life as a performer of solo, orchestral and chamber music in Australia and further afield. Since 2014 he has been Principal Cello with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and has also held the positions of Associate Principal Cello with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (2012-2014), and Sub-Principal Cello with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (2003-2011). He is a founding member of the Lyrebird Trio, winner of the Piano Trio and Audience prizes at the 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition, and previously resident at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and at the Center for the Arts in Banff, Canada.

Simon is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium (2000) and the Australian National Academy of Music (2003). Since that time, he has been a frequent guest performer with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony, Denmark’s Esbjerg Ensemble, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and as guest principal with the Tasmanian and Singapore Symphony Orchestras. He has performed as principal cello and chamber musician at, among others, the Aldeburgh, Pacific and Salzburg Music Festivals.

In 2016, Simon was awarded the Adelaide Critics Circle Prize for his performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Michael Stern. He made his first appearance as soloist with the ASO in 2015, and appeared again in 2018 performing Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto in A Minor. In previous years he performed as soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Queensland, Sydney’s Metropolitan Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.

Simon is passionate about education, and has taught at the Elder Conservatorium and the Queensland Conservatorium. He studied with Matthew Farrell, Janis Laurs, Alexander Baillie, David Strange and Michael Goldschlager. He plays on a beautiful English cello made in 1840 by Thomas Kennedy. In his spare time, he loves to cook.

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Festival of Orchestra

Classical Sp(e)ctacular

Adelaide Showground

Wed 24 Nov 2021

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Classical Sp(e)ctacular

Some of the greatest music ever created is played by the ASO in the thrilling opening concert of the Festival – this will be a night to remember!

Festival of Orchestra

Minist(r)y of S(o)und

Adelaide Showground

Fri 26 Nov 2021

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Minist(r)y of S(o)und

Prepare yourself for a celebration of the most beloved dance floor moments of the last 25 years, re-orchestrated.

Festival of Orchestra

Carmina (B)urana

Adelaide Showground

Sat 27 Nov 2021

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Carmina (B)urana

With more than 200 performers on stage, a complete performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina burana is always an epic concert event.

Festival of Orchestra

A night on B(r)oadway

Adelaide Showground

Wed 1 Dec 2021

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A night on B(r)oadway

In glittering orchestral style, the ASO will bring you some of the most exciting music ever written for Broadway, under the direction of maestro Guy Noble.

Festival of Orchestra

S(y)mphony of Angels

Adelaide Showground

Fri 3 Dec 2021

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S(y)mphony of Angels

The Angels and ASO are set to rock your world in the symphonic spectacular Symphony of Angels.

Festival of Orchestra

Blu(e) Planet II

Adelaide Showground

Sat 4 Dec 2021

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Blu(e) Planet II

Immerse yourself in Blue Planet II, Live in Concert, an awe-inspiring and epic experience on a giant screen, set to the mesmerising score by Hans Zimmer, and hosted by Dr Karl

Matinee Series

Drama and Romance – Matinee Series 5

Elder Hall

Wed 27 Oct 2021

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Drama and Romance – Matinee Series 5

The Romance for solo violin by Norwegian composer Johan Svendsen makes for a delicate centrepiece in this emotionally charged program, which is directed from the violin by Elizabeth Layton.

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Matinee Series

Drama and Romance – Matinee Series 5

Elder Hall

Wed 27 Oct 2021

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Drama and Romance – Matinee Series 5

The Romance for solo violin by Norwegian composer Johan Svendsen makes for a delicate centrepiece in this emotionally charged program, which is directed from the violin by Elizabeth Layton.

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