PRESS RELEASE: Simon Blendis appointed as Leader

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Blendis as joint Leader of the London Mozart Players. Simon will take up the position in October 2014 and share this highly prestigious role with Marieke Blankestijn, who has led the orchestra since 2011.
Simon has an international reputation as a soloist, orchestral leader and chamber musician, and has been a member of the award-winning Schubert Ensemble since 1995. He has made numerous, widely acclaimed solo and chamber ensemble recordings and appeared regularly at Europe’s major concert venues. He is in regular demand as guest leader with many of the UK’s major orchestras and has shared the position of ‘First Concertmaster’ with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan since 1999.
Simon responded to the news of his appointment by saying, “I feel so honoured to be taking on this role with the London Mozart Players. Over the past few years I have had the immense pleasure of directing the orchestra in a number of high-profile performances, and the prospect of further developing this and creating new projects in the years ahead is incredibly exciting. The LMP occupies a special place in the musical life of this country and this is a great time to be getting on board. I really can’t wait to get started!”
Sebastian Comberti, LMP’s principal cellist remarks that: “It is absolutely wonderful for us that a musician of Simon’s calibre and standing is joining the LMP team. Having worked with him in a variety of ensembles over many years, I am in no doubt whatsoever that he will bring a special zest to the orchestra. We are all hugely looking forward to this new collaboration.”
Viv Davies, the LMP’s Managing Director comments: “We are really thrilled that Simon is joining the orchestra as leader. He is an enormously talented musician and has established a wonderful rapport with the players. We are delighted to be working with him as we launch a new and exciting phase of development for the LMP as the UK’s first player-managed chamber orchestra.”
Simon launches his new role with the LMP in performances with international soloist, Tasmin Little, in October 2014.

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