– BIOGRAPHY –


EDUCATION

Simone Weber, born in Luxembourg in 1985, discovered her love for the sound of the clarinet at age nine. After receiving a wide-ranging musical education at the conservatory in Luxembourg, she started her clarinet performance studies in 2004 at the Robert-Schumann-Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf. Thanks to a scholarship, she was able to attend graduate school at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, and returned back to Germany in 2008, where she completed a Soloist Diploma at the Hochschule für Musik Saar in February 2014. Her main teachers include Johannes Gmeinder, Michèle Gingras and Kerstin Grötsch; masterclasses with François Benda, Eduard Brunner, James Campbell and Charles Neidich, amongst others, gave further vital incentives. Marcel Lallemang and Matthias Höfer supported her passion for the bass clarinet and its exciting repertoire; masterclasses concerned with the playing of period clarinets with Alan Hacker, Gilles Thomé as well the ensemble Clarimonia greatly influenced her playing.

ORCHESTRAL EXPERIENCE

For the season 2013-14, Simone Weber performed with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra (Münchner Rundfunkorchester) as 2nd and bass clarinetist. Previously, she held the same position with the Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg/Theater Freiburg.
Between 2010 and 2012, she participated in numerous renowned music festivals throughout Europa as a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (clarinet/bass clarinet) as well as the Baltic Youth Philharmonic (clarinet, piccolo clarinet).
Experiences as a soloist include performances of clarinet concerti and excerpts of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Maria von Weber, Ferruccio Busoni, Franz Krommer and Howard Blake with orchestras such as the Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, the orchestra of the HfM Saar as well as the Miami University Symphony Orchestra.

CHAMBER MUSIC

Simone Weber enjoys taking part in various chamber music formations and musical styles, her main focus however lies on the repertoire for clarinet, violoncello and piano. Together with the 2005 in Düsseldorf formed Torun Trio, she studied chamber music at the HfM Saar with Prof. Tatevik Mokatsian and Prof. Johannes Gmeinder. Torun Trio has already been invited to perform at festivals in Germany, Belgium and Italy. In 2015, the unique ensemble BassBeasts was brought to life to showcase the versatility and virtuosity of the bass clarinet, enthralling the audience with a a fascinating fresh style and funky rhythmical sounds for four bass clarinets and percussion.

TEACHING

In 2014, Simone Weber was appointed clarinet and chamber music teacher at the Conservatoire de Musique de la ville de Luxembourg.

ENGAGEMENT

From 2009-2012, Simone Weber served as secretary to the newly founded European Clarinet Association, later she became founding member and board member of the Luxembourg Clarinet Association. As a member of the International Clarinet Association, the Deutsche Klarinettengesellschaft as well as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Musikmedizin und Musikphysiologie she regularly participates in festivals, symposia and continuing education courses.
Simone Weber has published several articles as well as sheet music and CD reviews in The Clarinet as well as ‘Rohrblatt.

INSTRUMENTS

Simone Weber plays on German clarinets and a bass clarinet made by Schwenk&Seggelke, Bamberg, as well as a bassetized period clarinet in A dating from around 1813 made by English instrument maker Thomas Key and a bassetized period clarinet in B flat by Richard Bilton.