He was born in London, England, and had a freelance career as a clarinet player and educator before taking up conducting. As a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, University of Calgary and the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati he has taught summer schools, guest conducted honor bands and directed community ensembles in the U.K., U.S.A., Canada, Asia and Latin America. In addition to having served as conductor to the Israeli Youth Wind Orchestra and artistic director to the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, he is a regular guest conductor throughout the world at events such as the 2010 Orquesta Latinoamericana de Vientos in Colombia, South America, and the 2011 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp, HKSAR. Simon Tillier serves as orchestral manager to the WASBE Youth Wind Orchestra as part of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. He is a passionate music educator with a particular interest in wind chamber music.