John Simmons (Opera Coach & Chorus Master) has appeared in numerous recitals in Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy and in the U.S. at Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City. A student of Yoheved Kaplinsky, he received a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Peabody Conservatory. He also holds a diploma in piano performance from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, where he studied with Paul Badura-Skoda. Mr. Simmons has coached, taught and performed at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, the Spoleto Festival USA, the Centro Studi Italiani, the Amalfi Coast Festival, the Shaker Mountain Festival and the Lincoln Center Festival. He was on the coaching faculty at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, was appointed music director of the Elysium Festival in Bernried, Germany in 2004, and was in residence at Rutgers University as guest professor of collaborative piano for 2004-2005. Mr. Simmons was music director and pianist for New York Opera Project’s production of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa in spring 2004. He has collaborated in recital with tenor John Aler, and has performed with the London Symphony Chorus, the Westminster Choir, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and was featured as a soloist with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. He was on the coaching faculty of Juilliard Opera Center and worked with tenors John Aler and Jonas Kaufmann.
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