Simon Preston - Conductor
Distinguished organist and conductor Simon Preston has appeared with the world's leading orchestras both as soloist and director, while his many recordings have won universal acclaim.
Simon Preston was Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey from 1981 to 1987 and before that Organist and Tutor in Music at Christ Church, Oxford. Since leaving Westminster Abbey, he has concentrated on his free-lance career as a conductor and recitalist; recent engagements include conducting Handel's "Israel in Egypt" at the Vancouver Festival and a concert of Vivaldi's choral and instrumental music in Turin, while as organ recitalist he was featured in February at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
The description in the "Wiener Zeitung" recently of Simon Preston as a "living legend" serves as a reminder that his recording career spans over 40 years; there are still around 50 CDs available, including the complete organ works of Bach, the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and James Levine, the Poulenc Organ Concerto with the Boston Symphony and Seiji Ozawa and the Copland Organ Symphony with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. Simon Preston is also Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Calgary International Organ Competition.