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 artistic incentives. Marcel Lallemang and Matthias Höfer fostered her passion for the bass clarinet and its exciting repertoire; masterclasses by Alan Hacker, Gilles Thomé as well the ensemble Clarimonia on authentic performance practice with period clarinets greatly influenced her interpretation skills.
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 performed at numerous renowned music festivals throughout Europe 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 with the Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha, the Philharmonic Orchestra Freiburg and the chamber orchestra „Estro Armonico“ Luxembourg of clarinet concerti by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (on basset clarinet), Carl Maria von Weber, Ferruccio Busoni, Franz Krommer and Howard Blake.
In fall 2014, Simone Weber was appointed clarinet and chamber music teacher at the Conservatoire de Musique de la ville de Luxembourg. A strong interest in psychology, pedagogy and music physiology enables her to continuously improve her teaching, approaching it in a holistic way. Her mission is to ignite a love and passion for music and the clarinet in her students, to lay the base for a solid instrumental technique (with a strong focus on posture, breathing and body awareness) and to practic communication skills and stage presence.
Chamber music as the most intimate form of musical communication plays a vital role in Simone Weber's musical life. She enjoys taking part in various chamber music formations exploring various musical styles, her main focus however lies on the repertoire for clarinet, violoncello and piano. Together with her ensemble Torun Trio, which was founded in 2005, she studied chamber music at the HfM Saar with Prof. Tatevik Mokatsian and Prof. Johannes Gmeinder. The trio has already been invited to perform at festivals in Germany, Belgium, Spain 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.
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.
Simone Weber plays on a set of German clarinets and a bass clarinet made by Schwenk&Seggelke, Bamberg, and teaches on a French system clarinet also made by Schwenk&Seggelke, Bamberg. She has 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. Her baroque clarinet replica was made by Gilles Thomé, Paris.
Photos: Stefan Hings