Born in Okinawa, Japan in 1990, Simon Thompson studied cello with Alexander Boyarsky at the Purcell School of Music and the Royal College of Music in London, graduating with first class honours.
Simon has won several international awards including the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Croatia, the Development Award from the Guilhermina Suggia Gift in London, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) in Germany. He has performed before HRH the Prince of Wales and has appeared on radio and television across Europe and Japan.
In 2012, Simon was invited to study with Ivan Monighetti and Sol Gabetta at the Basel Hochschule für Musik in Switzerland, where he currently resides. Other strong influences have come from studying with Natalia Gutman, Jens-Peter Maintz, David Watkin, Giovanni Sollima, Troels Svane, Christian Poltera, Nicolas Altstaedt, Pablo de Naverán and Pierre Strauch.
With interests especially in chamber and contemporary music, Simon has appeared as soloist in both the Lucerne Festival Academy Ensemble and Orchestra in 2010/12, working closely with Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös and Pablo Heras-Casado and musicians of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. He has also worked with Daniel Harding and members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.