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 recital spotlight.
In demand not only as a performer but also for his teaching,
coaching and masterclass skills, Simon maintains a busy schedule
at home and abroad.
Formerly a member of the Penderecki String Quartet - one of
the Canada's most successful ensembles - he performed regularly
across Canada and around the world releasing several discs
including the complete cycle of Bartok's String Quartets and
Launch Pad - nominated for a West Coast Music Award.
Despite the quartet's intense schedule Simon performed as
soloist with the Da Capo and Elora Festival Singers and collaborated
with the St. Lawrence and Silver Birch Quartets as well as
the Aradia Ensemble. He premiered Casanova Suite for cello
and winds by Johan De Meij in Canada under the baton of the
composer and presented an array of sonata programs with piano.
He will shortly release a CD of Victorian English Sonatas
with pianist Leslie De'ath.
Simon's solo CD: Music of a life so far... was acclaimed
as "a fascinating collection" by the Toronto Star
and he appears on the Juno winning Azulao with soprano Isabel
A former member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Simon has
been on faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University
of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School and the Casalmaggiore International
Festival. 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.
His enjoyment of bringing musicians and audiences together
through great music is fuelled by his Artistic Directorship
of one of Canada's longest established concert series: the
Women's Musical Club of Toronto's Music in the Afternoon,
now in its 112th season.
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