Simon Rössler

Born in Schwäbisch Gmünd

Member since 2008-09-01


First prize at the International Percussion Competition in Paris (2001), first prize at “Jugend musiziert” (2004), grant from the German National Merit Foundation (Deutsche Studienstiftung)

“I’ve been fascinated with the percussion ever since childhood – because of its broad range of expressive possibilities and the variety and versatility of its instruments. Besides that, the percussion, especially in the more recent orchestral literature, is really the heartbeat of the musical activity.”

Simon Rössler was applying for a scholarship to the Orchestra Academy, but his percussion playing was so impressive that the Berliner Philharmoniker immediately engaged him. Although this is his first permanent position, the musician already has had several years of orchestral experience – as a member of Munich’s Junge Philharmonie, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Stuttgart Bruckner Symphony Orchestra and European Union Youth Orchestra and in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Lübeck. Simon Rössler, who’s been playing percussion since he was six, studied from 2000-05 at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule with Klaus Treßelt. In 2005 he became a pupil of Rainer Seegers and Franz Schindlbeck at Berlin’s Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik. In 2004, Rössler, who has also performed in jazz and pop groups, gave his first major solo concert with the Brandenburg State Orchestra in Frankfurt an der Oder. In his free time he likes best to play football and the piano. He also enjoys reading and hiking.