_simon kluth commands the stage and screen
Simon Kluth loves the stage — as an actor, a musician, and in the many creative roles that lie between being on stage or on screen.
He seemed destined for a career in music as a violinist. He began playing the violin before he was six years old. Right after he began his studies at the German Conversatory in Detmold and Hanover, he was accepted as a member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the German national student orchestra. He also spent a year in France studying at the Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris (CNSMDP). Although Simon loved being a violinist in an orchestra, he knew early on that he wanted to experience more and artistically express himself in other ways.
In 2009, Simon joined the Orchester im Treppenhaus, an innovative chamber music orchestra renowned in Europe for its unconventional interpretations and performances of classical music. In 2012, he was a part of an interdisciplinary performance with the spoken word duo Großraumdichten. This experience led him beyond a musician’s stage and ignited his passion for performing arts.
Simon began to actively seek and create new opportunities for artistic expression. In 2013, he founded the SonARTtrio ensemble for Neue Musik. The ensemble was awarded a scholarship from the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, one of the most prestigious German music competitions. That same year he also joined the pop band Milou & Flint and created the Composer Slam, which puts him on stage without his violin. Behind the scenes of the slam he is a creative director seeking and inviting composers and coordinating and managing with organizers and institutions for performances throughout Germany. On stage, he hosts the Composer Slam entertaining and engaging the audience between the performances. In 2015, Simon received a music education award for organizing Composer Slam workshops for teenagers.
Comfortable and confident on stage as a musician and thrilled by the stage as place for more than music, Simon decided to step out of his comfort zone and unleash his passion for acting. In 2016, he was accepted into the undergraduate program for acting at the Academy of Performing Arts Baden-Wuerttemberg and will graduate in summer 2020.
Simon has already been a part of various theater and film productions. Notably, he played the lead role in the short film Blind Audition (directed by Andreas Kessler), which was in more than 40 festivals and competitions worldwide. Blind Audition was nominated for several short film awards (Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis, Max-Ophüls-Preis, BAFTA Student Film Award, Tribeca Film Festival).
Director Rafael Ossami Saidy and Simon make up the creative duo: Fasolt & Fafner. Simon wrote, co-directed, and starred in their first production: Wie der Cowboy aus Arizona zu seiner Ehre kam (How the Cowboy from Arizona found his Honor). This one-man show was invited to Frankfurt for the kurz.schluss.festival and the Sommerwerft Theater Festival and to Dahnsdorf for the Festival für Freunde.
He was a guest actor at Theater Heilbronn and Schauspiel Stuttgart and worked with directors such as Christiane Pohle, Schorsch Kamerun and Simon Stone.
Through his experiences with acting and theater, Simon has also devoted himself more and more to composition, and so he composed the theater music for "FEINSTOFF. Vier Versuche mit Seide" (directed by Rafael Ossami Saidy) at the Staatstheater Cottbus in the 2021/22 season.
In 2022 he directed his short film "Kreisleriana", which was screened at several international film festivals and competitions including SHORTS Offenburg and Jakarta Independent Film Festival. Simon was a scholar of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg 2022 and is currently a scholar of the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung.