Born in Aachen, Germany on March 26, 1998, Simon quickly developed musical interest. Inspired by his father's drumming and his mother's singing he had a strong connection to all kinds of music right from the start. It didn't take long for him to abandon children's music and dive into dad's record collection which consisted of classic rock, lots of blues and soul music.
Simon started drumming at the age of two and later on discovered the Hammond B3 organ when he was five and his father brought home a DVD of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers with Tom Canning on organ. Simon was hooked. The love for this special instrument hasn't ended.
During the first couple of years after his first encounter with the Hammond Organ, he not only tried to imitate organ sounds on all kinds of keyboards but also started playing along to blues records by ear, trying to figure out chords, harmony and solos. His progress was rapid and by the time he had his first piano lesson - classical training - he was already a capable blues pianist/organist and had gained his first experience playing with bands.
In the following years, he started playing with Big Bands and more projects, won a number of awards (see right column), worked with great teachers and mentors, most notably one of his favorite pianists worldwide, Frank Chastenier (WDR Big Band).
2010 was the year Simon started playing professionally at the age of 12, thus being in the middle of high school. He teamed up with his buddy, drum virtuoso Jérôme Cardynaals and formed Twogether. The duo won 3 prestigious awards at the Prinses Christina Jazz Competition in Amsterdam which served as a strong career start. In their 8 years of playing together, this dream team has toured all over Europe, worked with some of the biggest names in the European and American Jazz world (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Nils Landgren a.o.) produced two acclaimed records and also served as a versatile touring band for international artists such as Philip Lassiter, Glen David Andrews or Kirk Fletcher.
At the same time, these events also started Simon's career as a session musician - on Hammond B3, Piano and Keyboards - in all kinds of live and studio situations. He is currently 20 years old and tours around the globe with a number of great artists from different genres (see credits above) with the mission to make the world a more soulful place and spread love through music.