My Work


What is period performance? Here’s a quick explanation.


Click here to learn about my speaking, lecturing and workshops.


Interested in lessons? Have a look here!

Bow Making

For those looking for a bass bow or just wanting to see some interesting pictures.


Bringing the Abstract Down to Earth

Some of the greatest joy in being alive comes when we can inspire those around us. I find that the most effective way I can do this is by taking information that is commonly perceived as stiff and academic, and making it tangible — often with humor. In my work as a teacher, speaker, and bow maker I strive to provide tools that enable those around me to be the best possible versions of themselves.

Born in New York City and raised in the suburbs and Catskill Mountains, I’ve studied a broad range of subjects including science and mathematics at Bennington College, music at the Juilliard School, and bow making in Vienna and Paris. Based in Basel, Switzerland, I play with orchestras throughout Europe as well as lecture and make bows for historical string instruments.

D'addario Orchestral - Bret Simner International Society of Bassists TEDx Basel Bass Europe International Community Music School - Basel Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

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