...unified by their common energy and discipline, and a singular understanding of Shostakovich’s music...
(Lindis Taylor, "Middle-C")
Simeon Broom - Violin

Simeon has recently returned to NZ to join the NZSO after 10 years in Europe. He began the violin at the age of four years in Auckland, and completed Performance Violin studies at Auckland University with Mary O’Brien, before receiving a DAAD (German Academic Exchange) Scholarship and moving to Germany where he studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Düsseldorf with Professor Ida Bieler. During this time he played in the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne as well as performances with ‘Live Music Now’.

In 2004 Simeon was a finalist in the Young Musicians' Competition in New Zealand. He has since performed as soloist with orchestras both in New Zealand and in Germany.

In 2006, Simeon moved to London to complete his Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with David Takeno and Jack Glickman. He was a finalist in the Beares Solo Bach Competition in London and winner of the Sonata Competition at the North London Music Festival. He then spent several years freelancing and has played in orchestras such as the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), English National Opera, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony, before taking up his position in the NZSO.