As a soloist he made a highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall début in 1979, and has since given many recitals and made a number of solo recordings. His CDs, on the Meridian and Etcetera labels, include the first-ever complete version of the Bach Cello Suites on viola. Peters Edition published his own thoroughly researched viola transcription of the suites shortly after the recording was made.
After editing the Bach, he went on to make a new critical/performing edition of the Haydn String Quartets, also for Peters Edition. This massive ten-year project is now almost finished with six volumes of the edition being used by string quartets around the world.
Simon Rowland-Jones has, from a very early age, been a composer too.Receiving lessons from Nadia Boulanger while a student at the Yehudi Menuhin School, he now spends an ever-increasing part of his life writing chamber music and works for viola. His many works, which include three string quartets, a string trio, a piano quartet and 'A Turn Outside', a musical adaptation of a play by Stevie Smith commissioned by Dame Josephine Barstow, have become an integral part of his performing career.
Simon Rowland-Jones also teaches viola and chamber music at the Royal Northern College of Music and is a co-director of the North Norfolk Music Festival.