Simon Thew has undertaken conducting studies in Sydney, Vienna, Berlin, and Barcelona with mentors including Sebastian Weigle, Nicolette Fraillon, Harry Spence Lyth, Richard Bonynge, and John Hopkins.
In 2007 Simon was awarded the Dame Joan Sutherland/Richard Bonynge Travel Scholarship, which enabled further study in Europe, culminating in his position as musical intern at the Bayreuth Festival in 2008.
In 2010 he was awarded the Hephzibah Tintner Fellowship, which gave him performance and mentoring opportunities with The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, and the Sydney Symphony. Simon was The Australian Ballet’s Conducting Fellow in 2011, and in the same year was awarded a Churchill Fellowship. This enabled him to undertake professional development opportunities with ballet companies, opera houses and orchestras in London, Birmingham, Vienna, Berlin, and New York across 2012.
Simon was an assistant conductor with Opera Australia from 2007 – 2010. In 2010 he conducted Opera Australia’s Oz Opera regional tour, and in the same year made his conducting debut with The Australian Ballet. In 2012 he acted as assistant conductor on the company’s New York tour.
Simon was a regular guest conductor with The Australian Ballet between 2013 and 2016. He conducted performances in most of the company's seasons during that time. In 2017 he accepted an invitation to become The Australian Ballet’s assistant conductor. He has also worked as a guest conductor for English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Houston Ballet.
He has an active concert-conducting career and is committed to the education of young conductors and instrumentalists.