Growing up in a family full of musicians, it was no big surprise that, as soon as Simon could walk, that his first run was to the piano. Already at age three, as he was told by his parents, has he made his first attempts to compose his own music.
Being around eight years old, his parents decided that it would be a good idea sending him to get piano lessons. But "unfortunately" his interest in writing his own music was so great, that he quickly became bored with "just playing what other composers wrote". So it happened after about two years, that his parents had him try getting trumpet lessons instead, which eventually ended the same way as the piano lessons though.
It must have been around age 11 that Simon first came across the music of the American pianist and composer Jon Schmidt, today best known from the The Piano Guys. His music and friendship had a tremendous influence upon Simon, and so his desire to become a full time musician got shaped around that age.
His first great love, of course, was to write piano solo music. But over time Simon also discovered his interest in orchestrating, and so today you will find a great variety of music amongst his compositions. Musical genres Simon approaches are mainly: neoclassical, classical contemporary, modern piano music, relaxing meditation music, emotional soundtrack music, ethno world music and here and there also epic music.
At around age 32, something drastically changed Simon's life, when he became severely ill due to a environmental toxification. Eventually it caused Simon to be bedridden for several years, what also caused him to stop writing music for longer periods of time. (Learn more about Simon's experience here). It was at this time that a certain kind of music really touched Simon's heart, where he made the experience how much power and comfort the right kind of music has to offer even in most painful and challenging life situations.
It was with that experience that it has become one of Simon's greatest desires that his music can pass this gift of comfort and peace on to others, which is why most of his works are rather positive, hopeful, comforting and reflective.
Other composers that influenced Simon's music are:
Thomas Newman, Max Richter, Ludovico Einaudi and James Horner.