Violist Simon Aspell has established himself as a leading viola teacher in Ireland, nurturing students who have gone on to significant careers in solo, chamber and orchestra music. Simon’s teachers include Gordon Mutter (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), Stephen Shingles (Royal Academy of Music, Peter Shidlof (Amadeus Quartet) and Milan Skampa (Smetana Quartet). He is an experienced soloist in recital and concerti throughout the UK and Ireland and has a given masterclasses all over the world. Simon is a member of the Vanbrugh Quartet, one of Europe’s most successful quartets, internationally recognised for its beauty of sound, clarity of texture and integrity of interpretation within an unusually wide and varied range of repertoire. The Quartet enjoys a thriving international career with past appearances including concerts in Berlin (Konzerthaus), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Hungary (Liszt Academy), Poland (Lancut Festival), Spain (Galicia Festival), Flanders Festival, Menuhin Festival, Gstaad plus numerous visits to Scandinavia where recordings were made of the complete Beethoven quartets. The quartet tours the USA on a regular basis with performances in Carnegie Hall, New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington. Hyperion released two Vanbrugh Quartet CDs of chamber music by Charles Villiers Stanford. The Quartet’s recent recording of three of Boccherini’s cello quintets on Hyperion was featured as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine.