Carlos Simon is a versatile composer and arranger that combines the influences of jazz, gospel, and neo-romanticism.
His most recent accolades include the Underwood Emerging Composer Commission from the American Composers Orchestra , the winner of the prestigious Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Award in 2015 and the Presser Award from the Theodore Presser Foundation. In the same year, he served as the young composer-in-residence with the Detroit Chamber String and Winds for the 2015-2016 season. He now serves on the music faculty at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Serving as music director and keyboardist for GRAMMY Award winner Jennifer Holliday, Simon has performed with the Boston Pops Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony. Mr. Simon has toured internationally with soul Grammy nominated artist, Angie Stone, where he performed throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Mr. Simon earned his doctorate degree at the University of Michigan, where he studied with Michael Daugherty and Evan Chambers. Simon has received degrees from Georgia State University and Morehouse College.
Carlos Simon is a member of many music organizations including ASCAP, where he was honored as "Composers to Watch" in 2015. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Music Sinfonia Fraternity (honorary member), National Association of Negro Musicians, Society of Composers International, and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. His compositions have been published by the Gregorian Institute of America (GIA) Publications and Hal Leonard Publications.