Simon Andrew Thomas Standage (born 8 November 1941 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) studied music at King’s College, Cambridge, following which he spent four years in the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra under Szymon Goldberg.
After a 1972 Wigmore Hall debut, he became a founding member of Trevor Pinnock‘s period-instrument ensemble The English Concert. He was first violinist of The English Concert from 1972 to 1991. In this time, he was the first concertino violin in the concerti grossi of Corelli, Haendel and others. He also performed and recorded violin concertos by Bach (the single and double concertos, and the Brandenburg Concertos), Haydn and others. By Vivaldi he recorded the complete op.3 l’estro armonico, op.4 la stravaganza and op.8 il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione, and Le quattro stagioni a celebrated second time. Deze interpretatie vond zijn weg naar de Vivaldi-Masterworks reeks van ’t Kruidvat.
In 1981 he was a founder of the Salomon Quartet (with Micaela Comberti, violin II, Trevor Jones, viola, and Jennifer Ward Clarke, cello), a period-performance string quartet specialising in the classical repertory, performing and recording works by Mozart, Haydn, and lesser known composers.
He played regularly with The Academy of Ancient Music throughout the 1980s, often as first violin, and recorded Vivaldi’s op.9 la cetra, and the complete violin concertos of Mozart. He later became associate director of the AAM from 1991 to 1995. In 1990, he and Richard Hickox founded the group Collegium Musicum 90, a period-performance group varying in size from two musicians to full orchestra and chorus with which he has made many recordings as both conductor and violin soloist, of works by Telemann, Vivaldi, Leclair, Marcello, Albinoni, Arne, Boyce, and others. (Wikipedia)