Simon Kenway is a highly respected orchestral/operatic conductor, music educator and accompanist. He has held posts as Principal Chorus Master of OperaAustralia and Chief Vocal Coach for Sydney Conservatorium Opera School and now works as a freelance conductor, and in 2015 was appointed Artistic Director of Pacific Opera.
Simon has conducted the Sydney,Tasmanian,West Australian, Canberra and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, Opera Australia,West Australian Opera, Opera Queensland, Australian Ballet, Hong Kong Philharmonic, many festivals, Aldeburgh Productions in UK, Australian Youth Orchestra and Beijing Symphony Orchestra.
In 2017 Simon conducts Aida for Griffith Opera on the Beach at Coolangatta and The Marriage of Figaro on Regional Tour (both for Opera Australia), and concerts with Willoughby Symphony. Recent engagements include The Battle of the Somme for New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, adjudicating the 2016 NewZealand Young Performers Award, as a member of True North at Dark Mofo Festival (Hobart),The Magic Flute for OperaAustralia’s RegionalTour and Opera on the Beach,Verdi Requiem for Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival, Orfeo ed Euridice for Spectrum Now Festival (for which he also prepared the Chorus and acted as Music Advisor), and Conductor and Music Director for Opera Australia’s Community Choirs project from 2012-15.