"Simon is among the most passionate and innovative musicians I’ve had the pleasure of working with. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has excellent sensitivity for choosing the right sounds and notes to portray the mood of a piece of music.
Simon loves to push boundaries and is constantly exploring unconventional ways of composing and producing music. I’ve witnessed him play a watering can as if it were a drum kit and find alternate tunings on string instruments, which he then plays with drum mallets to create unique soundscapes. Simon can extract an array of sounds from any object, subsequently implementing them into his compositions with astonishing ease.
Simon is not only a fabulous composer but also a thinker; his philosophical ideas will often be a crucial spark of inspiration in projects. Through his positive and calming attitude, he constantly encourages people to reach their full potential. Simon wholeheartedly shares his love for music in a way that is contagious and inspiring at all times. He will undoubtedly improve any project and lead to an unexpected outcome that will feel right and certainly have a modern twist."
Marcel Cello Rainer
guitarist, composer // Berlin (GER)
Simon is very easy to work with, he has a clear vision, yet is also able to adapt to circumstances. This was especially important because nearly all the compositional work was done remotely, due to the Covid-19 pandemic we really couldn't travel to meet in person before the orchestral recording session. Then, we finally met in person in January, when we had a lovely time in Riga recording with Sinfonietta Riga. For "Wild East", he wrote a playful, dramatically exciting orchestral score that references classic spaghetti westerns while also brings forth a modern, contemporary and atmospheric throughline, taking the music the genre is famous for in a new (Latvian?) Direction. Our experienced sound designer Aleksandrs Vaicahovskis remarked that Simon's score is the best that he has ever recorded for a feature film, in terms of the music quality and the scope of the orchestral recording. Simon also has a wonderful sense of humor and never takes himself too seriously, which is a quality that I value in any artist.
Producer and Director // Riga (LAT)
Simon Gamper is one of the most talented musicians I have come across in my career to date. His talent of being able to play a wide variety of instruments with incredible virtuosity fascinates me again and again. On top of that comes his sense of musicality and a feeling for what sounds a piece/ song needs to captivate the listener. All in all, an unbeatable combination and that is exactly what makes Simon a unique musician. As if that weren't enough, Simon is one of the most sympathetic and warm-hearted people I know. I can only say, Simon Gamper: twelve points!
Max von Milland
Singer / Songwriter // South Tyrol (I)- Munich (GER)
Simon is not only a very good friend, whom I can always count on and whom I would never want to be without, but also my favorite composer. He is such a passionate and talented musician who can elicit a tone or noise from any object, no matter how soundless, which he then works brilliantly into his grandiose compositions.
In addition to producing his own works, Simon still likes to find the time to support me as the fantastic stage musician he is - for which I am very grateful.
I can count myself very lucky, now for 20 years, to share the stages and studios of this world with him.
In summary, it is probably best: Everyone should have a Simon Gamper in their life!
Schw4rz, Songwriter // South Tyrol (I) linktr.ee/schw4rz
Whether composing for film, theater or songwriting together - Simon musically always leads you somewhere you would not have expected. And yet it is clear that it has to sound like that! Never arbitrary, always creative and with a keen sense of what resonates beneath the surface.
Actress, director, musician
When I worked with Simon, I was able to observe him: he minutely explored my harpsichord and how I deal with it. In the end a unique composition was created that exhausts the possibilities of the instrument and tells a gripping story.
historical keyboard instruments // Vienna-Graz (A)
(...) you can see the handwriting of Gampers, who with a mixture of youthful vigor and musical expertise is soon able to create daring projects out of the ground. He doesn't seem like an energetic doer at all, but more like an unagitated philosopher who knows how to deal with music as well as people. (...)
Tageszeitung "Dolomiten" vom 7.7 2017
Simon Gamper is a composer, MD, multi-instrumentalist and producer. His commissions regularly take him all over Europe and his music can be heard in concert halls, cinemas, on theatre stages, on TV and on the radio.
In his career to date, Simon has had the great pleasure of composing for the Sinfonietta Riga, the Festival of Contemporary Music Bolzano and for "WINDKRAFT - Blaskapelle für Neue Musik", playing in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, in the "ARD-Morgenmagazin" and the Graz Opera, setting the first Latvian western and "ORF Universum History" to music and exploring Reinhold Messner's alpinist life in film and music.
Simon's collaboration with his brother, author and director Dietmar Gamper, plays a special role in his work. Together they have realised numerous successful theatre and film productions as well as performances and installations in Italy, Germany and Austria.
Simon was born in Merano and studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. He enjoyed many years of tuition from Professor Steven Mead and attended masterclasses with Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, Wycliffe Gordon, Susan Blair, Gavin Harrison and many more.
In addition to his artistic activities, Simon Gamper is a music spokesman for PERFAS - Performing Artists South Tyrol. He also runs the GuitArt association, which currently offers instrumental lessons to around 150 members.
Since 2014, whenever possible, I have been working with Martin Niedermair in the areas of recording, mastering, film mixing, sound design and music production. His studio "Tonstube" combines excellent technical expertise with musical understanding and empathy.
The graphic designer Vera Schwarz has already designed countless of my concert posters, album covers, flyers and much more. She is also responsible for this website. Vera is a master at expressing my music in pictures. With a lot of patience and many years of experience, she always succeeds excellently in staging my work graphically.