“He is so talented if only he would practise the piano more !” exclaimed Gordon Green of the young towsled haired Liverpudlian in our class at the Royal Academy in 1970.
A class that included Philip Fowke,Tessa Uys,John Blakely,Ann Shasby and Richard McMahon.
We all knew that Simon was more interested in forming and conducting chamber groups than he was playing solo piano.
But who could have predicted that he would become one of the great innovative conductors of our time and receive the Heros welcome at the Proms that he had this evening .
A monumental performance of Mahler’s 7th combined with a performance of Boulez’s Eclat for a chamber group .Played with a clarity and sense of line that the Master himself would have found hard to match .
The Mahler,of course,was a tour de force with the Berlin Philharmonic in magnificent form .