Tasmanian born composer Simon Barber studied composition with Don Kay in the mid to late 90s at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in Hobart before relocating to Berlin in 2002.
Barber has maintained close contact with fellow composition student and long time friend Simon Reade who has consistently and generously made the Hobart Wind Symphony available for rehearsal and performance of various works over the years. In this context Barber's music has attracted the interest of eminent Hobart bast pianist Michael Kieran Harvey who premiered Barber's piano concerto with the Hobart Wind Symphony conducted by Simon Reade to critical acclaim in February 2014. Barber continues to write music for anyone interested whilst working as a freelance teacher of English in Berlin.
Compositions by Simon Barber appear on
A special CD to celebrate Move Records’ 50th year. Twenty-four Australian composers were invited to create a new short work for this special commemorative disc.
Michael Kieran Harvey performs his third piano sonata in the context of four contemporary Australian works that showcase the diversity of Australia's 21st century musical languages.