'Requiem for the Enslaved', Carlos's debut album on Decca, out now.

“Simon refashions musical history as excitable new realms with an unmistakable musical purpose essential for our times.”

– Los Angeles Times

“Carlos Simon’s propulsive and galvanizing ​“Fate Now Conquers” nodded to Beethoven, but on his own brazen terms.”

– new York Times

About Carlos Simon

"Carlos Simon is a young composer on the rise, with an ear for social justice."
–NPR Music

Carlos Simon is a composer, curator and activist. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, his compositions range from concert music for large and small ensembles to film scores with influences of jazz, gospel, and neo-romanticism. Simon is the Composer-in-Residence for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Latest Album


Requiem for the Enslaved

June 17, 2022

Carlos' debut album for Decca features a new work for spoken word, ensemble and piano honours the passing of the people bought and sold by university founders during the slave trade years

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“A modern major composer: an artist whose windows are thrown wide open to the world, and whose musical scope of late lands like a grand panorama of American life.”

– The Washington Post



October 9, 2022

Requiem for the Enslaved

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Boston, MA
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October 13, 2022

Sphinx Virtuosi

Carnegie Hall
New York City, NY

Vallia-Lobos: Bachianas brasileiras No. 9

Valerie Coleman: Tracing Visions (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

Carlos Simon: Between Worlds

Jessie Montgomery: Divided (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

Xavier Foley:  An Ode to Our Times (World Premiere)

Beethoven: Finale from Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Bridgetower" (arr. for string orchestra by Rubén Rengel)

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