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 26, 2024

National Symphony Orchestra

Teatro alla Scala
Milan, Italy

Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

Seong-Jin Cho, piano

Carlos Simon: Wake Up! A Concerto for Orchestra (NSO Co-Commission)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major op. 58 for piano and orchestra

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 47

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March 1, 2024

Belgrade Philharmonic

Grand Hall of the Kolarac Foundation
Belgrade, Serbia

C. Simon Fate Now Conquers

F. Price Piano Concerto in One Movement

Ј. Sibelius Symphony No. 2

For the first time, a work by a young African-American contemporary composer nominated for the Grammy Award Carlos Simon will be performed in Serbia and before the BPO audience, together with the first recognized African-American composer Florence Price, Concerto for piano and orchestra, with the young British star Jeneba Kanneh-Mason. Remembering our 2014 American tour, we are also performing Sibelius’ Symphony No.2.

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