Simons was born in The Netherlands on December 25, 1982.
He studied violin with Prof. Saschko Gawriloff, composition with Daan Manneke and James MacMillan and conducting with Ed Spanjaard, Jean- Bernard Pommier and Prof. Kenneth Kiesler.
Marijn Simons is Conductor and Artistic Director of the Simons Ensemble. Since 2012 he is Assistant Conductor at the Opernfestspiele in Heidenheim. During the 2013 edition of the Opernfestspiele Heidenheim Simons was Artistic Director of the bi-annual Zeitgenossen festival.
Simons has conducted amongst others the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Aachen Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie (Koblenz), Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Konstanz), Cappella Aquileia (Heidenheim), Audite Nova Ensemble (Heidenheim), St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, Yekaterinburg Chamber Orchestra, Mineralnye Vody Philharmonic, State Philharmonic Orchestra of Sibiu, Limburg Symphony Orchestra, Nieuw Amsterdams Peil, the Simons Ensemble, the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno and the New Music Ensemble Aachen. With the Kharkiv Philharmonic Simons conducted the first performance in the Ukraine of Mahler’s Symphony no. 1 including the symphonic movement Blumine.
Simons has also performed worldwide as a violinist. Highlights from his solo career include the world première of Villa-Lobos’s violin concerto Fantasia de Movimentos Mixtos with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico conducted by Enrique Diemecke, the Italian première of Milhaud’s 2nd violin concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica Siciliana and the Dutch première of MacMillan’s violin concerto A Deep but Dazzling Darkness with the Radio Chamber Orchestra conducted by the composer. Simons also played as a Concert Master with several German orchestras including the Aachen Symphony Orchestra, WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne, Nuremberg State Philharmonic and at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra and the Duisburg Philharmonic.
Simons’ compositions have been commissioned and performed by such conductors and soloists as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marin Alsop, Peter Eötvös, James MacMillan, Marcus Bosch, Christian Lindberg, Evelyn Glennie, Dorothee Oberlinger and by orchestras and ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, The Hague Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Aachen Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Tambuco Percussion Ensemble, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic.
Simons was Composer-in-Residence at the Orlando Festival, Delft Chamber Music Festival, Cabrillo Festival and the Zeitgenossen festival. His compositions have been performed at concert venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), National Centre for the Arts (Mexico City) and the Hanoi Opera House.
October 2014 saw the world première of his first opera ‘Emilia Galotti‘ commissioned by the Koblenz Theatre.
He has received the Philip Morris Arts Prize, Limburg Culture Award, Wim Bary Perspective Award and his composition ‘The City of the Soul‘ has been awarded Best Dutch Choral Composition in 2001.