Simon Styles studied tuba at the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, under Stuart Roebuck. Since 1982 he has held the position of Solo-Tuba of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich. Prior to joining the Tonhalle he held the same position with the Noord- Hollands Philharmonisches Orchestra for 2 1⁄2 years and was also Solo-Tubist with the European Union Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado in 1979 and 1980. Further Simon Styles has performed regularly with many of the greatest orchestras in Europe, including the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw-Orchestra Amsterdam, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic orchestras.
Since 1985 Simon Styles has taught Tuba, brass orchestral repetoire and brass chamber music at the Hochschule Luzern, and has given masterclasses worldwide, particularly at Nothwestern University Evanston, London, Manchester, Hong Kong, Tokio, Portugal as well in Brazil and Argentina.
Whilst resident in Holland Simon Styles began to develop his solo career and was first prize winner of the Yehudi Menuhin "Live Music Now" competition which led to numerous solo recitals and concerto appearances in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and through out Holland, as well as appearances for Dutch radio and television. He has developed his solo career further still whilst being a member of the Tonhalle Orchestra, with recital and concerto appearances worldwide. Highlights have been his debut recital, in August 1994, at the Luzern International Festival of Music, the first occasion that the Tuba was featured as a solo instrument at this festival. In June 1995 he opened the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference at Chicago. Other appearances have been given at the National Tuba and Euphonium Conference at Birmingham, Great Britain. Simon Styles has given many World, European and Swiss first performances of works by composers as diverse as Harrison Birtwistle, Joseph Horowitz and Alfred Zimmerlin.