“…she charmed with the flattering Cantilenas of the first violin in the slow movement through the artistic exploit leading up to the final chord.”
Badische Neueste Nachrichten, Switzerland
“…Awe is the only word I can use to describe such a performance…”
New Zealand Listener
“…the star of them all was the concertmaster Simone Roggen, whose violin played the part of Sheherezade with captivating beauty and an almost human voice…”
Waikato Times, New Zealand
Violinist Simone Roggen was born in Auckland, New Zealand and started violin lessons with her twin brother as a pre-schooler. She holds a Masters of Music from the University of Auckland.
During her time in New Zealand she won the National Chamber Music Competition twice, was concertmaster of various youth orchestras from the age of 11, appeared on National Radio and Television, and performed most of the major violin concertos as a soloist with orchestra. She was the first ever New Zealander to be accepted into the Thy Chamber music Course in Denmark.
Simone continued her studies in Switzerland completing a Konzertdiplom with Monika Urbaniak at the Hochschule der Künste Bern. In 2007 she began studying with Giuliano Carmignola in his Soloist Class at Lucerne’s Conservatory of Music. She was awarded the Edwin Fischer Prize for best Soloistendiplom 2009 and performed Chausson’s Poeme as the soloist with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in one of Europe’s best performance venues: the Kultur und Kongresszentrum Luzern.
In 2012 she was the soloist in Brahms’s Violin Concerto in Paris and won the position of co-soloist in the Geneva Chamber Orchestra. Attending projects with Spira mirabilis she tours regularly to Italy, Germany, and England. Simone performs with the well-know Swiss groups such as Bern Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra della Scizzera Italiana, and Geneva Chamber Orchestra. She works regularly with composers in New Zealand and Switzerland to realize their music for recordings and premier performances.
Since 2011 Simone is the first violinist of the Faust Quartet.
She plays on a violin by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda.