Gwilym Simcock makes it three years in a row for Yamaha artists
Yamaha Music is celebrating the news that Yamaha Piano artist Gwilym Simcock has been nominated for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The 2011 nomination marks a third year of success for Yamaha artists, five of whom have been honoured among the 12 best albums of the year since 2009. Along with Gwilym Simcock, these include former Yamaha Jazz Scholars and 2010 nominees Kit Downes and Calum Gourlay for the Kit Downes Trio's 'Golden', and Led Bib saxophonists Pete Grogan and Chris Williams for their 2009 album 'Sensible Shoes'.
The 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize nomination is for Gwilym Simcock's solo album 'Good Days at Schloss Elmau', that was released in January and has presented him as one of the country’s greatest musical talents, with huge praise for the 30-year old’s technical and compositional abilities coming from all corners.
'Good Days At Schloss Elmau' was recorded at the Bavarian hideaway of the album’s title, a luxury hotel and resort with a long and venerable tradition of inviting the world’s best musicians to perform and record, and Gwilym joins these ranks with an album that seamlessly embraces a wealth of contemporary musical ideas, including jazz and classical influences, while asserting a very individual musical identity.
A long time Yamaha piano artist, Gwilym regularly conducts workshops and events on behalf of the company - he also featured on the 2008 Yamaha New Jazz Sessions CD.
He has been previously honoured as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and has always maintained a healthy dialogue between different musical genres - as The Guardian’s John Fordham puts it, “Simcock has effortlessly absorbed and adapted every piece of musical input he encounters”. He is widely recognised as one of the country’s most brilliant piano players in any field, who has worked alongside some of the leading figures of the international jazz scene such as Bobby McFerrin, Steve Swallow and Dave Holland, and whose classical commissions have included writing and performing for the BBC Proms with the BBC Concert Orchestra, with the Britten Sinfonia, and the NDR Big Band in Hamburg, Germany.
'Good Days At Schloss Elmau' showcases Gwilym Simcock as a stunning example of the wide pool of young British musicians breaking new ground and finding success away from the mainstream. His nomination for the Mercury Prize is a well-deserved acknowledgement that the UK has a brilliantly varied range of talent worth celebrating, and is sure to raise his already enviable profile even further.