|Double bassist Simon Polezhayev was born in Moscow, Russia. A year after his birth, family
immigrated to the United States and settled in Sea Cliff, New York. Raised in a musical family,
he began studying piano at the age of three, giving his first solo performance
when he was five years old.
Simon has since appeared along side his parents, pianists Yelena and Vladimir Polezhayev
and brother, violinist Anton, in numerous recitals in the Metropolitan New York Area, such as
The International Concert Series at Hofstra University, CAMI Hall, Steinway Hall and
The Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
At age 13, Simon began studying the double bass and within a year received a scholarship
to attend Juilliard's Pre-College Division.
In 2005 Simon performed the Dragonetti Concerto with the Island Chamber Orchestra conducted
by Jeremy Kempton and two years later performed the Koussevitsky Concerto with the Juilliard
Pre-College Orchestra conducted by Adam Glaser.
In 2011 Simon performed Ditersdorf Cocerto with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra
at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center (Article) (Article)
In the summers of 2006-2008 Simon attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival, where he
studied with Eugene Levinson and Albert Laszlo. His past two summers were spent at the
Schlesweig-Holstein Orchestra Academy in Germany, where he worked with conductors such as
Christoph Eschenbach, Ivan Fischer and Christoph von Dohnanyi.
Simon's Juilliard highlights include performing as Principal Bass under the baton of Alan Gilbert and
James Levine and playing in the master classes of Thomas Martin, Jeff Bradetich and Klaus Trumpf.
Enrolled at school Simon received Jerome L. Greene Fellowship Award.
In 2013 Simon graduated two-year master's program in the studio on Eugene Levinson,
principal bass of the New York Philharmonic
and start working in Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, Japan (Article).
From 2016 Simon holds Principal Bass position at Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan).