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Vadim Simongauz

Vadim Simongauz

Music Teaching Staff - Percussion

Music Programme
School of Arts

Following a childhood in Moscow, at the age of 13 Vadim Simongauz moved to Tel Aviv, Israel where he studied with Alon Bor and graduated with honours from the Tel Aviv Academy of Music. After winning the prestigious America-Israel scholarship created by Issac Stern, he got an opportunity for future studies at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Professor Bent Lylloff and in the renowned Cleveland Institute of Music under Paul Yancich.

Currently Vadim serves as Section Leader Timpani of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Prior coming to the University of Waikato Mr. Simongauz was co-head of the University of Auckland University School of Music percussion unit for 9 years.

Vadim is featured on the Atoll Label as soloist and chamber musician. He has performed on numerous recordings on the Naxos Label and in video broadcasts.

He has performed under world renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and with soloists including Midori, Shaham, Mintz, Bronfman, Hamelin, Demidenko, Pavarotti at the world’s most famous concert halls.

Vadim is keen to pass on his many years of professional orchestral experience to students of percussion, and welcomes inquiries about possibilities for study.

Email: c/- music@waikato.ac.nz