"Paul Simmonds, born in London in 1949, was brought up in South Africa where he completed his initial musical studies (Bachelor of Music) at the Witwatersrand University with organ as principal instrument. The award of a scholarship enabled him to concentrate on the harpsichord under Stanislav Heller at the Freiburg Conservatoire in Germany. He continued his studies with Colin Tilney in London, with subsequent tuition from Gustav Leonhardt and Kenneth Gilbert.
After a successful debut at London's Purcell Room in 1979 he embarked on a career as a freelance soloist and continuo player and has performed throughout Europe and beyond. In 1982 he moved to Basel, Switzerland, where he worked for eight years as an organist at one of the city churches. During this time he taught harpsichord and chamber music at the conservatoires of Karlsruhe and Mannheim in Germany, and at Biel (CH) where he also acted as external examiner for harpsichord diploma examinations.
As a continuo player he has performed with many of Europe's leading early musicians. He performs regularly as a duo with the recorder and musette player Marianne Mezger and, with the addition of the gambist Ekkehard Weber, has given numerous recitals with Trio Basiliensis (CD and radio recordings). ... " Visit website for more information. (ed.)
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