Alex Simu


Alex Simu is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer. Born in Romania, Simu followed a music education from a young age. In pursue of an international music career, he moved to the Netherlands at age 22, where he began his studies at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, obtaining a Bachelor degree in Jazz Saxophone, followed by a Masters degree from the Amsterdam Conservatory. In 2007 he received an HSP Huygens scholarship to study at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. In 2017, Alex Simu released Echoes of Bucharest, his debut album as a band leader together with his quintet. The release at Bimhuis in Amsterdam was highly received by the national press. He is active in the field of organology and clarinet synthesis, and has innovated the tenor clarinet, as well as brought into contemporary use the alto clarinet, clarinet d’amour, and the bass clarinet d’amour.


Active on the jazz and world music scene since 1999, Alex Simu performed and toured professionally in 41 countries over 5 continents, and shared the stage with important figures such as Alvin Queen, Brian Lynch, Benny Golson, Bennie Wallace, Lucian Ban, Peter Herbolzheimer, Mari Boine, Jorge Reyes, Naseer Shamma, Aynur Dogan, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, and many others.


Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?

Music has no borders. Humans around the world have been communicating and sharing music for many millennia. Learning from each other, preserving or developing cultures, we have an enormous heritage to learn from. With so many music styles and art disciplines under the same roof, CODARTS functions as a natural reflection of our society.

What are you going to teach them?

I aim to teach my students how to become artists. How to become themselves, how to develop their unique voice on the instrument, and how to build a rich inner musical universe. The lessons include also an overview of their integration and role as musicians in the society.

How are you going to teach them?

I encourage my students to develop impeccable, relaxed and flexible skills on the instrument, emotional intensity and stability, and profound consciousness while performing. The vocabulary of each music style plays an important role in the curriculum and we give it the attention it requires, complementing as well with the study of improvisation, composition and arranging.


2018 – Buma Music Award,  Best score for  documentaire film the movie “Back to the Taj” 2017 – Buma Music Award,  Best score for the movie “Disappearance” 2016  - Golden Calf  - Dutch Film Academy Award, Best score for the movie “Beyond Sleep” 2015 - Arifa album “Voices from the East” awarded as best world music release in The Netherlands. 2012 - Arifa album “Anatolian Alchemy” awarded as best world music release in The Netherlands. 2009 - Awarded with EBU jazz scholarship. Swinging Europe 2009. 2008 - First Prize winner of the Dutch Jazz Competition