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Simone began percussion lessons at the age of 12 and played with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain before auditioning for and being accepted at every major music college in the UK. She accepted an entrance award to study at the Royal Northern College of Music and while at the college won both a scholarship prize and a concerto award. She graduated with Distinction (winning several awards including the Phillip Jones Award and the Gilbert Webster Prize) to embark on a solo career that has seen her recording 3 solo albums, touring extensively nationally and internationally, appearing on UK and international radio and television and winning a collection of awards and prizes including the Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year in the Performing Arts. Simone is the founder member of the highly successful BackBeat Percussion Quartet (formed in 1995) who frequently tour and record internationally. They have released 3 CDS and appeared on national and international television and radio including the live TV broadcast of their 2002 BBC Proms debut. They have won numerous competitions and awards including The Royal Over - Seas League Ensemble Prize, The Park Lane Group Award, The Osaka International Chamber Music Festa and the Concert Artists Guild (USA) which lead to a performance at the Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall. Simone is also founder member Equivox Trio with Rob Buckland - saxes and Peter Lawson - piano. The group released their CD 'The Time is Now' (which features several commissioned works for Equivox) in 2006 with concerts throughout the UK, Europe and an extensive trip to Saudi Arabia. Simone continues to work as a solo recitalist with programmes for percussion and piano, percussion and organ (with Julian Wilkins), a new one woman show ('Everything but….) and as a concerto soloist. In 2006/7 she premiered 3 new concerti, recorded 3 Cds (including one with The BBC Singers) and toured Europe, USA. Australia and New Zealand. In addition to performing Simone is an experienced adjudicator of both percussion events, brass and wind band contests and general music competitions. She has been invited to judge at the highest level including the Royal Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, BBC Young Musician of the Year, National Concert Band Festival, National Brass Championships for Australia, USA and Switzerland and for the WMC (World Music Competition) in Kerkrade, Holland. Simone is frequently asked to present talks and lectures featuring all aspects of percussion playing and she devises and presents concerts and workshops for young musicians . Simone Rebello is a solo artist and endorsee for Yamaha Music UK, Sabian Cymbals and Mike Balter Mallets.