Simone Roggen was born in Auckland and started violin lessons as a pre-schooler. She attended St Cuthbert’s College as a scholarship student and continued on to complete her Masters at the University of Auckland with Mary O’Brien in 2004. She won the National Chamber Music Competition twice, was concertmaster of various youth orchestras, appeared on National Radio and Television, and performed most of the major violin concertos as a soloist with orchestra. She completed a Konzertdiplom at the Hochschule der Künste Bern and was the first ever New Zealand er to be accepted into the Thy Chambermusic Course in Denmark. 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 Soloisten Diplom 2009 and performed Chausson’s Poeme as the soloist with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra at the Kultur und Kongresszentrum Luzern. Simone has travelled around Switzerland and Europe not only playing in different ensembles like Spira mirabilis, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Camerata Bern, Geneva Camerata, 21st Century Orchestra, and various orchestras in Bern, but also as chamber musician and soloist in Switzerland, France and New Zealand. In 2012 she became the Primarius of the Faust Quartett.