Simon Höfele, 27, is one of the most exciting trumpeters of the up-and-coming 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.
He has already made his solo debut with such orchestras as the Royal 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 also at 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 in Milano and Torino, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Rheingau Musik Festival and many others.
The 2022/23 season will take Simon Höfele to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie with a tour to the Koningin Elizabethzaal Antwerp, Münchner Kammerorchester, Chaarts Chamber Artists and the chamber orchestra I Tempi, with whom he will premiere Helena Winkelman’s new work “ICAROS”. He is also a guest at the Paris Philharmonic, where he will give the world premiere of Miroslav Srnka’s new work “Orion Arm”; at LSO St. Luke’s in London; and at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, among 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 a.o.
Simon Höfele also plays chamber music of every variety with great enthusiasm. His partners include the pianists Frank Dupree, Eriko Takezawa and Kärt Ruubel.
On January 31, 2020, he released his first album with orchestra “Standards” (Berlin Classics/Edel) for which he reveived an OPUS Klassik 2020 in the category “Concert recording of the year”. His recent recording “Salted Caramel” is a homage to Jazz legends like Chet Baker or Miles Davis.
In Spring 2023 he will release his new album “Nobody knows” with works by Jost, Zimmermann and Hosokawa, recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Geoffrey Paterson / Ilan Volkov.