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



April 13 & 14, 2024

Winston-Salem Symphony

R.J. Reynolds Auditorium
Winston-Salem, NC

Ludwig van Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3

Ludwig van Beethoven “Mir ist so wunderbar” from Fidelio

Carlos Simon Fate Now Conquers

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Conductor: Michelle Merrill

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April 13-14, 2024

New Haven Symphony

Lyman Center for the Performing Arts
New Haven, CT

Duke Ellington
Black, Brown & Beige • Solitude

Margaret Bonds
I Got a Home in that RockYou Can Tell the World

William Grant Still
Afro American Symphony

James P. Johnson
Drums • Yamekraw

Carlos Simon

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