Simon Cheong was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and started learning the classical guitar at 13 with his uncle Andrew Chye, a violinist. In 1983, with a British Council grant, he studied with John Duarte in London. He has given numerous performances and has appeared on Malaysian Radio and TV as well as on ORTV, Turkey; TV5 Phillipines; HCMC TV, Vietnam.
He founded the Classical Guitar Society (WP/Sel) Malaysia around December 1991 but was officially registered in !993 and has been the President ever since. He is also the festival director of ‘CGS International Guitar Festival & Camp’. In 2004, with his students, he formed the Kuala Lumpur Guitar Ensemble II (2004-2013). Simon had performed in guitar festivals in Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Phillipines, India and Germany. In 2016, he gave a lecture-recital at International Guitar Research Centre Conference, Surrey University, England.
Simon has been teaching the classical guitar professionally for over 30 years and apart from teaching in private music schools and privately, he had taught diploma and degree programs at University Technology MARA, Malaysia (1990 – July 2011) and a few years at Malaysia Institute of Art.
He has published his arrangements for the classical guitar – Tanah Pusaka, Mak Inang and Putra Putri (as quartets as well solo arrangements) and his debut recording world premiered John Duarte’s Variations on an Indonesian song op. 124 “Gubahanku”.