Shannon-Latoyah Simon is a classical guitarist from Northamptonshire. She started playing the guitar at the age of 9 under the tuition of John Draper. In 2016 she completed a BMus Degree under the tuition of Mark Eden and Mark Ashford at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music. She has performed in many master classes with established guitarists such as Xuefei Yang, Stephen Goss, Gary Ryan and Zoran Dukic. In September 2017 Shannon started a Masters Degree at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under the tuition of Graham Anthony Devine. She graduated with a Merit.
Shannon has been involved in Experimental Music and Audio- Visual Art for most of her adult life. She is consistently working on a series of projects involving art, film, movement, improvisation and electronic sound. She has recently developed a passion for creating deep listening works using her own personal collection of field recordings, which she has compiled over the past 12 years.
As well as performing regularly as a soloist, Shannon thoroughly enjoys participating in chamber music and is part of many mixed chamber ensembles. In 2015 she started studying the Baroque Guitar with Elizabeth Pallett and has found she enjoys continuo playing in early music and contemporary performances. She has a keen interest in performing contemporary music and in 2015 she won first place in the Philip Bates Prize with her performance of Sam Leith Taylor’s piece ‘SOP two, twice – cool air’. In 2016 she won first and joint second place in the Philip Bates Prize with her performance of a selection of Sam James's songs from his debut album Sleep.
She currently plays in a Classical Guitar duo with Stelios Kyriakidis as well as performing and improvising in large mixed ensembles regularly.
Shannon is an Angelic and Usui Reiki Master Teacher and has recently obtained her degree in Sound Medicine, Sound Therapy and Nāda yoga with the Vibroacoustic Therapy Association.
Shannon’s Education is supported by The Sylvia & Clive Richards Charity, The Ruby & Will George Trust, The Denne Gilkes Memorial fund and The Hilda Martindale Trust.