Simon Westman (born 1979 in Jakarta, Indonesia) grew up in Sundsvall, in the northern part of Sweden. As a child, Simon often sat down at an old Farfisa organ in his home, trying to pick out melodies by ear and playing around on the keys. A few years later, a real upright piano was given to the family and Simon started to take piano lessons.
In the year of 2000, Simon was accepted at the Gothenburg University of music. There he studied jazz piano under Swedish jazz pianist Anders Persson, among others.
After graduating in Gothenburg, Simon continued music studies at Cologne University of Music in Germany, where he studied under the British jazz pianist John Taylor. Still, Simon is very influenced by Taylor, both in composition and piano playing.
Today, Simon is based in Gothenburg. He is a highly appreciated pianist that can be heard in many groups/constellations and recordings. He has performed and worked with jazz artists/bands such as Georg Riedel, Bohuslän Big Band, Svante Thuresson, Lina Nyberg and pop artists such as Nordman, Linda Bengtzing, Dogge Doggelito, Nanne Grönvall and Albin Lee Meldau.
Simon is a member of several jazz groups, and he has toured in countries like Japan, Germany, Italy and performed at venues like Montreux Jazz Festival.
As a bandleader, Simon runs his own piano trio "Simon Westman Trio" with bassist Magnus Bergström and drummer Magnus Gran. They recorded their debut album "Stay a while" in 2020 and received good reviews from Swedish music magazines.
The trio have already reached over 3 million streams on Spotify, and in May 2022 they recorded their second album. Release of the new album will be the on March 3rd 2023. Stay tuned!