Simon Lepper was educated at King’s College Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music where he studied piano with Michael Dussek. Whilst a student he won every major award for piano accompaniment including the Gerald Moore Award and the accompanist prizes in the Kathleen Ferrier and Royal Over-Seas League competitions. He became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2005 and teaches chamber music and song accompaniment at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Simon has recently been appointed as Professor of Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music, London.
He has performed with singers including Cora Burggraaf, Nicole Cabell, Karen Cargill, Allan Clayton, Ronan Collett, Lucy Crowe, Gillian Keith, Gweneth-Ann Jeffers, Angelika Kirchschlager, Andrew Kennedy, Stephan Loges, Sally Matthews, Robert Murray, Mark Padmore, Felicity Palmer, Joan Rodgers, Kate Royal, James Rutherford, Bryn Terfel, Ailish Tynan, Elizabeth Watts and Roderick Williams. His keen interest in chamber music has led to performances with clarinettists Julian Bliss and Jorg Widmann, violinists Renaud Capuçon, Chlöe Hanslip, Jack Liebeck, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Carolin Widmann and cellists Daniel Müller-Schott and Gemma Rosefield.
Simon is an official accompanist for the BBC Singer of the World Rosenblatt Song Prize and Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition and plays for Thomas Quasthoff’s masterclasses at the Verbier Festival.