Simon Höfele has established himself within a short space of time internationally as one of the most successful trumpet players of the young generation. He was BBC Radio3 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.
As a soloist, he has already played with many leading orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, SWR Symphonieorchester, MDR Sinfonieorchester (MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra), NDR Radiophilharmonie, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Stuttgarter and Duisburger Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Halle, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne among others.
In the 2023/24 season, Simon Höfele will perform with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the WDR Sinfonieorchester, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg and at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, among others, and will accompany the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn on a European tour with concertos by Shostakovich and Jolivet to the Köln and Essen Philharmonie and the Union Hall Maribor. This season Simon Höfele will premiere a new trumpet concerto by Lisa Streich (German premiere with the WDR Sinfonieorchester, Swiss premiere with the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra) as well as the German premiere of Detev Glanert’s trumpet concerto with the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg. He will also record the new chamber music work by Christian Jost “Pieces of a Dream” for piano, trumpet and percussion with Frank Dupree and Christoph Sietzen.
As well as performing familiar trumpet repertoire ranging from Telemann, Tartini, Hummel and Mozart to Jolivet, Arutjunjan and Zimmermann, Simon Höfele is very enthusiastic about 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, Miroslav Srnka, Konstantia Gourzi’s a.o.
Simon Höfele is an equally enthusiastic performer of chamber music in a wide variety of combinations. His partners include the pianists Elisabeth Brauß and Frank Dupree and the composer and pianist Kaan Bulak.
Since July 2023, Simon Höfele has been the host of the WDR3 podcast KLASSIK CRUSH, in which he talks every fortnight with other young artists about music, their lives as musicians and other topics that concern them and the podcast’s young target group.
In 2023 his album “Nobody knows” has been released with works by Jost, Zimmermann and Hosokawa, recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Geoffrey Paterson / Ilan Volkov. For the new album “No clouds in Haraz” (release 29.3.24), he collabes with Kaan Bulak, who merges styles in his compositions, incorporating and combining influences from the Middle East and contemporary music with the electronic sound language of Berlin.