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



July 19, 2024

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

North Avondale Recreation Center fields
Cincinnati OH

Leonard Bernstein: Overture to West Side Story
Edward K. ("Duke") Ellington: Sophisticated Lady
Carlos Simon: City of Lights from Profiles
Charlie Smalls: "Home" from The Wiz
John Williams: Olympic Fanfare and Theme
Franz Joseph Haydn: Concerto in C Major for Cello and Orchestra
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Danse négre
George Gershwin: "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess
Florence Price: Juba Dance from Symphony No. 3 in C minor

Antonín Dvorák: Finale from Symphony No. 9 From the New World
James Brown: "I Got You (I Feel Good)"

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July 20 & 21, 2024

Wintergreen Music Festival

Dunlop Pavillion
Wintergreen Resort, VA

Louis Lohraseb, conductor
David Bjella, cello

Carlos Simon: Fate Now Conquers
Dmitrii Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

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