Simone Weber, born in Luxembourg in 1985, fell in love with the clarinet at the age of nine. After a wide-ranging musical education at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg and the Landesmusikgymnasium Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany), she began her clarinet studies in Germany, then in the United States. Simone obtained her Master of Music Performance summa cum laude from Prof. Michèle Gingras and successfully completed the concert diplomas in clarinet and chamber music with Prof. Johannes Gmeinder, as well as a "diplôme supérieur” in bass clarinet with Marcel Lallemang. Master classes with Eduard Brunner, Charles Neidich, François Benda, Alan Hacker and Gilles Thomé (chalumeau and early clarinets) refined her playing.
After two seasons as bass clarinetist with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and the Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, she returned to Luxembourg in 2014 to devote herself to teaching clarinet and chamber music at the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg. Simone Weber regularly collaborates with the country's orchestras and ensembles, with an emphasis on programming rediscovered and previously unreleased music. A recording project of works for clarinet, horn and piano is currently under way.
In addition to her career as a clarinetist, Simone Weber has specialized in the mental and physical well-being of musicians: she is a certified Dispokinesis and WingWave coach, and has also trained in physiology and psychology for musicians, as well as hypnosis. In this capacity, she also gives workshops on movement, breathing, posture and ergonomics for musicians with their instruments.
Simone Weber is a founding member and president of the Luxembourg Clarinet Association, a founding member and board member of the European Clarinet Association and serves as ICA national chair person for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Photo credit: Eric Engel
Audio excerpt: Hermann Zilcher's Zwiegesang for clarinet and cello