Photo by Daniela Spector for Thing of Wonder

Photo by Daniela Spector for Thing of Wonder


Simon Frisch is a New York-based American-Breton composer. Current and recent work includes the New York, Latvian, and Portuguese recital premieres of marginalia ii for solo piano; O God, my heart is ready for Daniel Hyde and the Men & Boys of Saint Thomas of Fifth Avenue; the semi-theatrical The Body Untied for soloists and baroque chamber orchestra at venues around New York City, presented by Amanda+James, BZH NY, Région Bretagne, lightbox, and others, with video artist Rachel Libeskind; Sandglass Vespers at Alice Tully Hall with Joel Sachs and the New Juilliard Ensemble; and settings of text by poet-scholar Anne Carson for The New York Virtuoso Singers, with residencies at the Banff Arts Centre and Wildacres.

As a cultural advocate, Simon has organized acclaimed (Le Telegramme, Ouest France, Bretagne Actuelle) chamber music concerts in the Ille-et-Vilaine/Côtes-d’Armor regions of Brittany in collaboration with local communities and non-profits, and is founding composition faculty of the Music Advancement Program at The Juilliard School, which focuses on underrepresented demographics. His work has been profiled in Choir & Organ magazine, Bretagne Actuelle, Thing of Wonder, and Tébéo.

Other collaborators of note include Orli Shaham and the St. Louis Symphony in prepared-piano projects at the Pulitzer Foundation (later performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music), as well as soprano Renée Fleming in a program entitled Higher at the Harris Theater of Chicago, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and National Sawdust in New York, and later heard across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom in recital.

Simon received the 2017 Brian M. Israel Prize from the Society for New Music and the 2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers award, and was winner of the 2015 New Juilliard Ensemble commissioning competition. He is currently a C. V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School, where he also received his MM studying with Robert Beaser.