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


Tales: A Folklore Symphony

January 26, 2024

Tales: A Folklore Symphony was recorded live in concert at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Tales is the first of a series of Carlos' orchestral compositions to be released by the NSO on its own label, with the full compendium Four Symphonic Works being released later this year, marking the first full-length record of Simon's orchestral works.

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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



February 22, 2024

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Orpheum Theater
New Orleans, LA

Carlos Simon: The Block

Bonds: Montgomery Variations


Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Jeri Lynne Johnson, conductor

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February 7, 8, 24 2024

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD

Jazz is America’s greatest indigenous art form. BSO Artistic Partner Wordsmith leads listeners on an exciting journey along the path jazz followed on its way to the concert hall and the contributions of Baltimore artists like Eubie Blake, Noble Sissle, Cab Calloway, and Billie Holiday. Join us for this multimedia presentation of iconic works by great American composers: Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, and many more.

Conductor: Wordsmith (known as Anthony Parker)

Repertoire TBC

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