Simon Hanrath grew up in Krefeld. Some might add “regrettably”. But for him it was more of a blessing, as this is where he met his first saxophone teacher, Laszlo Dömötör, who has remained to this day a powerful source of motivation and inspiration to him.
The second benefit of growing up in Krefeld, is that it lies at a reasonable distance from Dortmund, where Simon ended up studying, with Prof. Daniel Gauthier, one of the most renowned saxophonists in the world. Incidentally, a third advantage of living in Krefeld should be mentioned: its inhabitants are a very accommodating people, who have put up, without complaining, with hours of his relentless practice.
The latter seems to have paid off over the years, as Simon has diligently accumulated 1st prizes at the national competition “Jugend musiziert” (Youth Makes Music). Further prizes followed during his studies, such as a 1st prize at the Gustav Bumcke Saxophone Competition and a scholarship from the Society for the Promotion of Cultural Work of Westphalia (GWK).
Since then he has been a regular guest at leading German orchestras (WDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Philharmonic Essen, Ensemble Modern). Since 2005, he has been working as assistant saxophone teacher at the Frankfurt College of Music. Simon Hanrath has been living in Ulm since 2003, where he works together with the saxophone quartet Saxofourte, and from where he can look back at an extended concert activity.