Tutor of Piano and Music Theory
Simo is an award-winning Montenegrin pianist and tutor. Simo was born in Podgorica, Montenegro. He is a graduate of the Art School of Music and Ballet in Podgorica, where he studied with Anka Asanović. Simo recently graduated from at the Royal College of Music in London where he has studied with pianist Gordon Fergus-Thompson and John Byrne. Furthermore, he currently studies with Boris Berman at the Accademia del Ridotto in Italy where he does his ﬁrst Master’s degree. From 2022/2023 he will be starting his second Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music. Simo attended numerous masterclasses with renowned pedagogues and pianists such as Dmitry Alexeev, Norma Fisher, Vladimir Bochkaryov, Mikhail Voskresensky, Ian Jones, Andrew Zolinsky, Vanessa Latarche and more.
His competition successes include Absolute Prize in the Academy Award International Competition in Rome (2013), Special Prize in the Windsor International Piano Competition (2015), First Prize in the International Piano Competition in Tivat, Montenegro (2016), First Prize in the Pieter Gaci International Competition in Shkoder, Albania. (2017), Second Prize at the Orbetello Piano Competition in Orbetello, Italy (2021), Third Prize at the Carles and Soﬁa Piano Competition in Spain (2021). He has performed extensively at Montenegrin festivals including Fortepiano, Bartok for Young Pianists, Piano in the Spirit of Folklore and French Music in the Early 20th Century. Simo performs extensively in the UK and Europe. So far he has performed at St James’s Church Piccadilly, St Mary’s Perivale Church, St Mary Abbot’s Church in Kensington, University Women’s Club, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Europe House, KIC Budo Tomovic, Castle of King Nicholas in Montenegro, Musical Center of Montenegro, Church of the Holy Spirit in Montenegro, etc.
Simo also took part in Montenegrin Cultural Symphony event organized by the Embassy of Republic of Montenegro in the UK. He has also performed at the RCM Keyboard Festival (2019) and gave a solo recital in London at the English-Speaking Union in organisation of The Zetland Trust. In 2016, Simo represented his country and its musical heritage in the Monténégro au coeur de l'Europe concert at the Festival Weekend de Clavier Contemporain at the Frederic Chopin Conservatoire in Paris. Chamber music is an important part of his artistry. In 2018, he had a successful collaboration with Montenegrin soprano Tamara Radjenović and Jacob Bettinelli resulting in New Year’s Concert in Kotor, Montenegro.
Simo is also a member of the Birziminium Piano Trio along with Luka Perazić and Kosta Popović. This trio attended masterclasses at the Ivanova Korita Chamber Music Summer Camp (2018, 2019). As a jazz pianist, Simo has performed extensively including at the opening of the jazz festival Made in New York in Montenegro alongside Randy Brecker, Bobby Sanabria, and Edsel Gomez. Simo has been generously supported by The Katheleen Trust, The Zetland Foundation, The Talent Unlimited, The Henry Wood Trust, St Maryleboune Educational Foundation, PAM Montenegro, Ministry of Culture of Montenegro, and Capital City of Podgorica.
Throughout his education in Podgorica and previous two years in London he awarded a scholarship by Montenegrin Ministry of Education. Simo was recently awarded a scholarship by Municipality of City of Bar (Montenegro) as well as a scholarship by Global Ports Holding.
"Simo from the River Music School has been giving lessons to my 6 year old son for several months now. He enjoys the lessons with Simo and is making good progress. Simo has managed to impart the theory in a fun manner to develop an interest in music. This morning he was playing the songs he has learnt and was asking me to guess which song he was playing." - Simon T