Simeon Broom grew up in Auckland and began studying violin when he was four years old. He completed Performance Violin studies at Auckland University with Mary O’Brien, during which he won the inaugural University Concerto Competition. Simeon received a DAAD (German Academic Exchange) Scholarship to study at Düsseldorf’s Hochschule für Musik with Professor Ida Bieler, and performed in the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne, as well as with Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now.
In 2004 Simeon was finalist in the Young Musicians Competition New Zealand. In 2008, he completed his Masters at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with David Takeno and Jack Glickman. He was finalist in the Beare Solo Bach Competition in London and winner of the Sonata Competition at the North London Music Festival. He has played in numerous orchestras including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, and Sydney Symphony, before taking up his position in the NZSO.
Simeon has performed as soloist with orchestras both in New Zealand and in Germany. In 2021 and 2022 he performed and recorded as soloist with the NZSO, of Vivaldi and Piazzola’s ‘Seasons’. Simeon is a passionate chamber musician and has toured for Chamber Music New Zealand. He is the founder and director of the Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival. His formative chamber music experience was attending the Nelson Adam Summer School for eight years.