Armand Simon - Pianist

Armand Simon was born in Amsterdam in 1977 from Aruban parents and began his piano studies at the age of 12.After winning a prize at the Petrof Piano Competition , it became clear that a musical future was awaiting him. He studied at the Conservatory of Rotterdam with the Russian pianist Mila Baslawskaja and continued his studies at the Conservatory of Utrecht with professor Alan Weiss.

In 2004 he returned to Aruba and devoted himself to the education and guidance of young promisingtalents of the island. In his role as ambassador of classical music in Aruba he created the successful concept “2classic4u”, and founded the Crescendo foundation.

As a pianist , he has performed in the Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao, Venezuela, Columbia, USA and Belgium. In 2006 Armand Simon was asked to perform for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. In 2007 he was invited to perform in the prestigious “Festival del Nuevo Mundo” in Maracaibo.

Armand Simon is a dedicated chamber musician and has collaborated with artists such as Katja Laemmerman, Simon Gollo, Mirjam Tschopp, Nicaulis Alliey and Alessio Bax.

Armand Simon is the artistic director of the International Aruba Piano Festival.

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