Simon Höfele, 27, is one of the most exciting trumpeters of the up-and-coming generation. He is BBC Radio 3 new generation artist, Rising Star of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) 2019/20 (nominated by Philharmonie Cologne, Konzerthaus Dortmund and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg) and ‘Junger Wilder’ at Konzerthaus Dortmund.
He has already made his solo debut with such orchestras as the Concertgebouw Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ulster Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, SWR Symphonieorchester, MDR Sinfonieorchester, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen at renowned concert halls such as Wigmore Hall London, Tonhalle Zürich, Konzerthaus Wien, Bozar Brussels, Elbphilharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Prinzregententheater and Gasteig München and important festivals such as Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, MiTo Festival in Milano and Torino, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Rheingau Musik Festival and many others.
In addition to well-known trumpet repertoire ranging from Telemann, Tartini, Haydn, Hummel and Mozart to Jolivet, Arutjunjan and Zimmermann, Simon Höfele also frequently performs contemporary music. He gave the first performance of Pintscher’s double concerto for two trumpets and orchestra (“Chute d’étoiles”, 2012) and premiered works of Mark Simpson, Kaan Bulak, Nina Šenk and others. Simon Höfele also plays chamber music of every variety with great enthusiasm. His partners include the pianists Frank Dupree, Eriko Takezawa and Kärt Ruubel.
Alongside his musical projects, Simon Höfele is also active in cultural politics, and has founded the association ‘Kunstverlust’, for which he, as a photographer, portrays people who work to support art and prevent its destruction.
As of July 2021