Simon Gilliver read music at the University of Birmingham. He subsequently studied flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Philippa Davies, Ian Clarke, Sarah Newbold and Sharon Williams. Subsequent successes have included winning the Albert Cooper International Flute Competition in 2006, and world premiere performances of flute works by David Horne and Vic Hoyland. His orchestral work has included a year as co-principal flute with Southbank Sinfonia in 2008, and various television and radio broadcasts. He is a member of a number of chamber ensembles, including Prima Volta, an ensemble devoted to classical improvisation.
Although primarily trained as a flautist, Simon is now equally in demand as a piano accompanist. He works regularly as an accompanist for music festivals and competitions, and recent recital work has included an appearance at St Martin in the Fields. As well as having a number of private students on flute and piano, Simon also teaches Classical Improvisation for the Guildhall School.