a bit about me & the quadrants
Simon Hewitt Jones
…performs, records and broadcasts widely as a solo performer, concertmaster, teacher, writer, chamber musician, music researcher and leader of the Fifth Quadrant (5Q) music collective. His work is strongly influenced by the legacies of Yehudi Menuhin, Pablo Casals, Leonard Bernstein and Daniel Barenboim, and he is involved extensively with projects that explore the intersection of music, technology, education, and cultural diplomacy.
Simon’s solo and chamber music performances have been featured internationally in festivals and TV/Radio throughout Europe, the USA and the Middle East, including NPR’s Performance Today and BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4. His debut chamber music recording won a BBC Music Magazine ‘Premiere’ award. He tours extensively in the UK, and has appeared at most of the UK’s major venues, including the Bridgewater Hall, the Barbican and the South Bank Centre.
Simon has contributed extensively to commercial projects for Universal Music, and his string section has recorded sessions for EMI, Virgin, Naxos and the BBC. He is a regular guest concertmaster of the Ramallah Orchestra, and of several UK-based chamber orchestras.
Simon is currently working on a research project at the Royal Academy of Music, exploring systems complexity in violin pedagogy. He is the Artistic Director of two groundbreaking events in London UK, Music and the City and Classical Revolution London, and is the founder of ViolinSchool.
Simon is the grandson of composers Tony and Anita Hewitt Jones. His father Tim is a cellist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and brother Thomas is a composer.
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The FIFTH QUADRANT Music Collective
Fifth Quadrant (5Q) is a collective of Classical and Contemporary musicians led and directed by the English violinist Simon Hewitt Jones. At its core is a renowned string quartet with a traditional classical pedigree. But 5Q has also been known to share the stage with piano, accordion, oboe, saxophone, percussion, banjo, vocals, voice, orchestra, ney, bazouq, actors, visual artists, and much more… (…but not all at once).
5Q combines the best of traditional classical music-making with a voracious appetite for new, genre-bending collaborations. Please explore our music!
Things We’ve Done
Things We’d Like To Do
David Worswick, Violin (London Symphony Orchestra)
Daniel Swain, Piano (Royal Academy of Music)
Antony Pitts, Composer (Hyperion, Harmonia Mundi)
Maria Thomas, Manager (Music Workshop Company)
Peter Sulski, Viola (Worcester Chamber Music)
Drew Balch, Viola (Fifth Quadrant)
Ian Byrne Brito, Viola (ViolinSchool, Stringers)
Matthew Forbes, Cello etc. (BBC Phil, Orchestra of the Swan)
Jonathan Bloxham, Cello (Busch Ensemble)
Ramzi Aburedwan, Bazouq (Al Kamandjati)
Kirsty Mangan, Violin (Raven)
Ciaran McCabe, Violin (Cavaleri Quartet)
Jeremy Watt, Double Bass (Philharmonia Orchestra)