Gwilym Simcock is a new kid in town, making himself conspicuous in the British jazz scene. This twenty something effortlessly moves between jazz and classical music. Simcock names the brilliant American grandmaster Keith Jarrett as his foremost role model and also mentions the names of Chick Corea en John Taylor. His classical influences include old masters like Ravel and Stravinsky and contemporary composers like Mark-Anthony Turnage. The pianist graduated with honour from the jazz course of the Royal Academy of Music in London. The pianist doesn't only give solo recitals, he also leads his own trio, quintet, big band and an ensemble with a gospel choir. He has won many prizes: New Generation Artist of BBC Radio 3 and the 'rising star' prizes at the BBC Jazz Awards and the British Jazz Awards.