Principal Cellist of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Head of Strings at the Regina Conservatory for
the Performing Arts, Founder and Director of the Prairie Cello Institute and Artistic Director of the
Women’s Musical Club of Toronto’s Music in the Afternoon concert series, Simon Fryer is an artist of
the utmost versatility, at home with the demands of the music of our time and those of historical
performance, with the cooperation of ensemble music-making and in the solo spotlight.
Appearances as soloist in Canada with orchestras such as the Regina, Mississauga, and Okanagan
Symphonies and the Esprit Orchestra, as well as the Da Capo Chamber Choir and the Wellington
Winds, have been complemented by performances as guest Principal with such as the Hamilton
Philharmonic. Previously a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, internationally he has
performed with the Orqestra Sinfonica de Tenerife and the UK’s Northern Sinfonia. As a member of
the Juno-winning Penderecki String Quartet – one of the Canada’s most successful ensembles –
Simon performed regularly across Canada and around the world. The PSQ released several discs
during this time, including the complete cycle of Bartok’s String Quartets, and worked closely with
many of the world’s most innovative contempoary creators from Christos Hatzis to DJ Spooky. Simon
collaborates regularly with musicians such as the Silver Birch String Quartet, Duo Concertante and
pianist Michael Kim. His discography of over 30 recordings includes the solo CD: Music of a life so
far… which was acclaimed as ‘a fascinating collection’ by the Toronto Star. Of his latest release, on
Centaur Records, a CD of Victorian Cello Sonatas by Samuel Liddle, Algernon Ashton and Charles
Stanford with pianist Leslie De’Ath, Wholenote magazine lauded ‘expansive playing … Fryer’s tone in
the lower register is particularly lovely.’
Well-known for his master classes in cello and chamber music, Simon has been guest faculty at many
institutions including The Banff Centre, the Vivaldi Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Shanghai
Conservatory, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Memorial University, the University of
Western Ontario, Mount Royal College, Indiana University; the University of Southern California, Paris University 8, and the University of British Columbia. Simon has held faculty positions at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Toronto, and the Glenn Gould School in Canada, as well as at the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy.
Simon holds performance diplomas from the Royal Northern College of Music and the Guildhall
School of Music and Drama and is continuously active as a chamber musician, orchestral player and
soloist in more than thirty countries on six continents. He performs on an instrument completed in
1998 by Masa Inokuchi.
Visit www.simonfryer.com for more information.