The Kennedy Center

Simone Baron


A fearless and charismatic presence, Simone Baron is a concert pianist, accordionist and composer of infectious energy. She engages with a broad range of musical languages, traditions, and art forms, and has performed throughout Europe, Israel and North America (Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center). While finishing her formal studies in piano and conducting at the Buchmann-Mehta School (Tel Aviv University) and Oberlin Conservatory, she fell in love with the accordion. Its vibrant sounds and pulsing bellows breathed new life into her musical world which opened the door to multidisciplinary collaborations with dancers, puppeteers, visual artists. In 2016, she founded the ensemble Arco Belo, leading them in performances of compositions and arrangements that reveal a gargantuan musical appetite which pulls language from the jazz, world and contemporary chamber music idioms orchestrated for strings, percussion, bass and piano/accordion. Recently an artist in residence at the Banff Centre, Strathmore and the Washington Jewish Music Festival, Simone's work focuses on experimenting, reimagining and forging a sound at the junction of the familiar and the avant-garde.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/2/2018: Simone Baron and Arco Belo Ensemble: The Space Between Disguises

Pianist, accordionist, and composer Simone Baron presents a program of classical and modern chamber music alongside jazz and world music. Performing original compositions and arrangements, she leads Arco Belo, a chamber jazz ensemble comprised of string quartet, bass, and percussion with special guests.