All compositions by Simonne Draper

Simonne Draper

Patrik Henel, guitar
Helena Slavíková, guitar
Jirí Zmek, percussion



Born in the former Czechoslovakia, Simonne Draper was raised in Moravia, the same region where the classical composer Leoš Janáček was born and lived. As a child, Simonne listened to the music of Janáček, and also to the music of Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana, but she tuned in to pop and rock as well. When she reached 18, Simonne moved to Prague for her studies, where she obtained a degree in law at Charles University. Later, she lived in England, but in 2008 returned to Prague – just before her daughter was born – where she devoted herself full-time to music composition. Simonne began studying classical guitar in her early years at the Music School in Ostrava, and then attended guitar classes at the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague, working with the noted guitarist and composer, professor Milan Tesař. She found her time at the Conservatory deeply inspiring and beneficial, particularly regarding the exploration of innovative guitar playing techniques. During her time there, Simonne was active within a group of local musicians. Performing with them in guitar duos and trios, she appeared in a wide range of venues in Prague and the surrounding areas. Several of Simonne’s works have achieved top placement in international songwriting and composition competitions, both in the United States and Europe. In 2016, she became a member of the Czech Composers Society, a national organization which while promoting the music of its members, also strives to ensure music development in children.
1   Espanola
2   Canzonetta dell’Aria
3   Legenda Lila
4   Canzonetta dell’Alba
5   Canzonetta del Sonno
6   Finesa
7   La Danza dei Ritmi
8   Nostalgitana
9   Canzonetta dell’Acqua
10  Dolorosa
11  La Danza dei Bassi

MSR Classics