Carlos Simon Extends Composer-in-Residence Contract with Kennedy Center

Carlos Simon Releases brea(d)th - Landmark Work Recorded Live with the Minnesota Orchestra

Carlos Simon Announced as Inaugural Composer Chair with Boston Symphony Orchestra

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

'Together', Decca Classics, with first single 'Near the Cross' 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 GRAMMY-nominated 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


Hold Fast to Dreams

March 15, 2024

Inspired by the poem by Langston Hughes, Hold Fast to Dreams is a work for piano and violin, performed by Carlos Simon and Randall Goosby. The recording is part of the deluxe edition of Randall's album Roots.

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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



June 23, 2024

Cincinnati Symphony

Ezzard Charles Park
Cincinnati OH

John Williams: Olympic Fanfare and Theme

James Reese Europe: Hey There! (Hi There!)

Billy Strayhorn: "Take the "A" Train"

Antonín Dvorák: Finale from Symphony No. 9 From tbe New World

George Gershwin: "Summertime," as recorded by Charlie Parker

Franz Joseph Haydn: Concerto in c Major for Cello and Orchestra

Carlos Simon: City of Light from Profiles

Langston Hughes/ Joe Primrose: The Weary Blues/ St. James Infirmary Blues

Mamie Smith: "That Thing Called Love"

James Brown: "I Got You (I Feel Good)"

Leonard Bernstein: Overture to West Side Story

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

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July 13, 2024

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Tanglewood Music Festival
Lenox/Stockbridge, MA

Carlos SIMON Warmth from Other Suns, for string orchestra
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
ELLINGTON Three Black Kings
ELLINGTON A Tone Parallel to Harlem

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

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