Called “a spectacular player” by The Los Angeles Times, holder of a doctorate and two masters degrees from Yale University and nominated for an Opus Award as “Discovery of the Year”, Simon Aldrich is currently solo clarinet of l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Montréal and l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, as well as a member of Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. He has also been solo clarinet of the Chicago Classical Symphony and the Colorado Philharmonic. His teachers have included David Shifrin, Joaquin Valdepeñas, Robert Marcellus and Emilio Iacurto and he has also attended Northwestern University and McGill University. He has performed as soloist with the Toronto Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Orchestra London, Chicago Classical Symphony, Chicago North Shore Chamber Symphony, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal and the Fanshawe Orchestra. With Nouvel Ensemble Moderne Simon has performed across Canada, the United States, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Australia and Japan. His cd of Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Concerto won an Opus Award for Best Contemporary Recording in 2002. He is heard regularly on CBC radio and has recorded for the CD labels Atma, SNE, Analekta, CBC, UMMUS, Montaigne Auvidis, Amberola and Sächsische Tonträger. Simon is an Assistant Professor of Music at McGill University and is artistic director of The Jeffery Summer Concerts in London, ON.