The violinist and GEWA Music Brand Ambassador Maximilian Simon, repeatedly praised for his „expressive, despite all the accumulation of technical difficulties immaculate playing“ (Rheinzeitung) captivates his audience and critics alike, both online and offline, with his musicality, enthusiasm for his work and his charisma.

Born in 1988 in Koblenz, Germany, Maximilian Simon started playing the violin at the age of six, winning only one year later his first violin competition. It was followed by several first prizes in the german national competition „Jugend Musiziert“ and the Mozart-Price of Koblenz. He studied at the HfM „Hanns Eisler“ Berlin (Prof. Wallin) and at the HMTM Hanover (Prof. Wegrzyn) where his concert exam will still be completed.

Maximilian gave his solo debut in 2009 with the Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen under the baton of Bernhard Steiner playing the „Concerto funèbre“ by Karl Amadeus Hartmann. He has worked together with the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz and the Jenaer Philharmonie and appeared at major festivals like Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Salzburger Sommerfestspiele, Young Euro Classics in Berlin, Dialogue of 4 Cultures Lodz (Poland), Mittelrhein Musik Festival, Internationale Musiktage Koblenz and Gezeitenfestival in Ostfriesland. Radio productions for SWR 2, HR 2 as well as Deutschland Radio testify his artistic qualities.

He was a fellow of the Zukunftsinitiative Rheinland-Pfalz (ZIRP), the orchestra academy Staatskappelle Berlin and the Villa Music Rheinland-Pfalz which provided him two violins by Sanctus Seraphin and Vincenzo Panormo on loan for two years each.

Currently Maximilian plays a violin by Nicolo Amati from 1623, generously provided by a private patron.

“Maximilian Simon swirled his fingers over the strings, plucked and stroked with such a passion that the audience initially hold its breath, followed by sound of astonishment after the last note. And applause of course. Long applause”
(Ostfriesische Nachrichten)

 

“Confident sovereignty emanated from the 25-year-old Maximilian Simon. Here the technical brilliance was only the basis for a bewitching playing that sparkled in all colors. Exciting it was to discover his interpretation of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso; listen to the intensity with which his violin sang and dreamed, cried, trembled and cheered.”
(Lindauer Zeitung)