John De Simone



John De Simone (1974, Aylesbury, England) is a Glasgow based composer, educator and researcher. He studied postgraduate composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague where he graduated with distinction. He gained his PhD from the University of St Andrews and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2010, where he currently teaches.


He has received commissions from numerous groups including the BBC SSO, The Edinburgh Quartet, Red Note Ensemble, Aurelia Sax Quartet, the Mondriaan String Quartet, Percussion Group The Hague, Ensemble Klang and the Orkest D’Ereprijs. His music has been performed in several major festivals including, Verona Risuona, FUSELeeds, BBC Tectonics, Spitalfields, Gaudeamus and Gothenberg GAS festival and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland


He is founder and artistic director of Glasgow new music group Ensemble Thing, through which he has received 2 Made in Scotland Showcase awards for his works Panic Diary and Independence.


  • PhD, University of St Andrews

    Portfolio of Compositions

    9 Sept 2004 - 1 Jul 2010
  • MA, Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag


    9 Sept 2000 - 6 Jan 2002
  • BA, Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag


    9 Sept 1999 - 1 Jun 2000
  • MMus, Guildhall School of Music and Drama


    9 Sept 1997 - 11 Jan 1998
  • BMus, Cardiff University

    9 Sept 1993 - 1 Jul 1996

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