Since his arrival to Nova Scotia in September of 1976, Shimon Walt has been an integral part of the province’s musical life. From performing on the concert stages with Symphony Nova Scotia, in solo recitals, or in chamber music concerts, to teaching in the classrooms of Dalhousie University, he is incredibly dedicated to the art of music. Shimon is one of the founding members of Symphony Nova Scotia.
After the demise of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra he was appointed by the Nova Scotia government to a Steering Committee entrusted with rebuilding symphonic life in Nova Scotia. He was Symphony Nova Scotia’s first Personnel Manager, a position he held for six years.
Shimon was educated in Tel Aviv and Boston, where his principal teachers were Uzi Wiezel and George Neikrug. He has performed with major orchestras under such noted conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, and Pablo Casals. Today he shares his time between Symphony Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University, and operating Walt Music. Shimon is also an integral member of Rhapsody Quintet, one of the community’s most sought-after ensembles, with six recordings to their credit, ECMA nominations, and awards from Music Nova Scotia, who also nominated Shimon for Booking Agent of the Year in 2012.
Shimon Walt is known as a dedicated teacher, and many of his students have gone on to professional musical careers. He has been a provincial adjudicator for the Kiwanis Music Festivals in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and served on national juries for FACTOR (the Foundation to Assist New Canadian Talent on Record) and the Canada Council for the Arts. Shimon is the Artistic Director of the Music at Three Churches concert series. He was honoured to receive an Established Artist Award from the Province of Nova Scotia, and was Musician-in-Residence for the St. Cecilia Concert Series during its 2012/13 season.