Simon Maurer grew up in Switzerland in a family of six children, all of whom became professional musicians. He studied violin at the Conservatory in Biel, and continued his studies in the U.S. with Geoffrey Michaels, Joyce Robbins and Claire Hodgkins.
Mr. Maurer is an accomplished musician performing chamber music and solo repertoire throughout the eastern United States, Europe and China. He is currently Concertmaster of the Anthracite Philharmonic Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Sinfonia. He has performed as feature soloist in France and Switzerland with the St. Jean Orchestra of Geneva Switzerland, receiving rave reviews. Solo performances in the US include Schuylkill Symphony Orchestra, Bloomsburg Chamber Orchestra, Louden Symphony, Pennsylvania Sinfonia and Valley Vivaldi. In May 2013 he was the featured soloist with the Shenyang Symphony Orchestra in China.
He is the conductor of Sunday Sinfonia, an orchestra of amateur players who show much enthusiasm and work hard to put together two concerts per year.
A founding member of Gabriel Chamber Ensemble, he has performed with the ensemble for over 26 years and is artistic director of their concert series at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Schuylkill Haven. Committed to performance and education, the group takes pride in bringing classical music to underserved areas. In 2010 the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble took over the leadership of the Schuylkill Youth Orchestra, newly renamed Gabriel Youth Orchestra.
As the violinist in the Ravel Trio, a piano trio in existence since 2003, he has done extensive work in the mid-atlantic region and Europe with concerts, residencies, and collaborations. In 2007 the group commissioned three new pieces, two by Swiss composers Daniel Andres and Christoph Henking, and one by African American Composer Dotti Anita Taylor.
In 2009 a new group, Trio Clavino, was formed. Simon Maurer Violin/Viola and his long time collegues Xun Pan, piano and Doris Hall Gulati, clarinet. The Trio returned from a successful five week concert tour in China the summer of 2010, and returned again in 2012 and 2013, adding concert stops in Germany and Austria, performing Chinese and western Classical Music.
Mr. Maurer also ventures in the practice of jazz and free style improvisation. He has been a featured soloist in Philadelphia area jazz clubs, has performed at "Jazzfest" in Schuylkill County and Reading Pa. He has recorded numerous projects with folk singers and rock groups: Maggi, Pierce and EJ; Zen for Primates, and others.
Mr. Maurer teaches violin, viola, cello and bass in his two private studios, one in rural Schuylkill County, one in Lancaster Pa.
Simon lives on a converted 20 acre YMCA camp, where he built his own 2000 square foot concert hall and enjoys the outdoors. Tennis and Ping Pong are the preferred exercise. He has two lovely granddaughters!