Biography

Andrew Simon, clarinet and Warren Lee, piano

With Andrew Michael Simon, clarinetPrincipal Clarinetist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Simon, and Steinway Artist and Hong Kong-born pianist, Warren Lee have been collaborating on stage for over a decade, appearing in numerous recitals for universities, the Hong Kong Chamber Music Society, Buffet-Crampon, Radio Television Hong Kong in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, Norway, Sweden and the United States. “Together, they produced a rich, vibrant and well-balanced sound, characterized by clear articulations, neat phrasing and a finely tuned sense of ensemble,” reviewed the Mercury Post of Australia. The Straits Times of Singapore described their recital as “an unrestrained flourish”. The South China Morning Post of Hong Kong portrayed the duo as “embody[ing] the solidarity and breadth of local talents.”

With the duo’s versatile and dynamic musicianship, their repertoire encompasses the standard piano-clarinet repertoire as well as the more popular and contemporary music. Their decade-long patnership has culminated in a CD release in 2013: "Ebony and Ivory | Works for Clarinet and Piano" on the Naxos label, which the composer Joseph Horovitz hails the recording of his works as one" that retains all [his] own ideas and display the artists' individual technical brilliance and sensitivity to every detail." Fanfare Magazine calls it as "a winner" and "...hard to imagine these works played with any more liquid tone, fluent technique, amazing breath control and expressive phrasing than that which is brought to them by Andrew Simon... and Lee proves himself Simon's equal partner in every way."

 

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