Simeon Bellison was a clarinetist, teacher, and arranger of the clarinet. Bellison is recognized as a pioneer of the clarinet and, to this day, one of the greatest clarinetists of all time. He began playing the clarinet at the age of nine and joined the Moscow Conservatory studying clarinet by the time he was eleven. After his graduation from the conservatory, Bellison began organizing chamber groups and touring. His global tours brought him to the United States, where he formed one of the first American clarinet choirs and named first clarinet of the New York Philharmonic. His works are well-survived today and clarinetists still proudly claim the Bellison pedigree.
Simeon Bellison passed away in 1953.