Simon Schembri, guitarist

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Guitar was a very popular instrument when Simon Schembri started playing it at the age of six in Malta, his native island. At the age of nine, he was already giving concerts. Then, he has been awarded the licence of the Royal Schools of Music of London (L.R.S.M.) when he was 14. The year after, he has been chosen as student of Master Alexandre Lagoya at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris where he was awarded First Prize. He is international competitions laureate (Montelimar, Guitar Foundation of America and Young Concerts Artists of America), and member of the Yehudi Menuhin and George Cziffra Music Foundations. The Malta Classical Music Award paid tribute to his career and legacy to Maltese music scene.

Simon Schembri is in the line of the guitar technic founded by Tarrega in the 19th century, which inspired the famous Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya. Critics recognized the strong but nevertheless noble and mellow sonority, as well as richness of musical expression. Alexandre Lagoya considered him to have “virtuosity at the service of a high spiritual sensitivity” and Simon Schembri enjoyed the rare privilege of sharing severals guitar duets with the Master.

Simon Schembri has been invited by musical medias : Eve Ruggieri (Musiques au coeur - France 2), Anne-Charlotte Rémond (France Musiques) José Arthur and the conductor Frédéric Lodéon (France Inter), who was “struck by the clarity of his playing and quality of musical expression that brings life to music”.

Acclaimed virtuoso, Simon Schembri gives numerous recitals in France, his adopted country, and abroad (Paris, Lyon, Verona, Warsaw, Istanbul, Tunisia, Venezuela…). He also dedicates a large part of his activity to chamber music playing quintets with Quatuor Debussy, Quatuor Ludwig, Quatuor Parisii, duets with great artists : Alexandre Lagoya, Marielle Nordmann, Yuri Bashmet, and orchestral works in renowned halls : Théâtre du Châtelet with Solistes de l’Orchestre de Paris, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Salle Pleyel, Cathédrale des Invalides with Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine, Palais des Congrès Paris with Orchestre Lamoureux, Purcell Room London, Liceo Madrid, Royal Castle Warsaw, and in major international festivals : Aix-les-Bains, Chartres, Biarritz, Mediterranean Festival, Flâneries Musicales de Reims…

Simon Schembri has constant interest in evolution of the guitar. He premiered several works from Jacques Chailley, Erik Marchelie, Gordon Mizzi or Karl Fiorini and has been closely working with spanish guitar maker Ignacio Rozas and Savarez Strings. He is a Professor and regularly gives masterclasses in summer music academies : Academie Internationale de musique de Lozère, des Pays de Loire and Musicalta.