Tabea Zimmermann



Maike Charlotte Fuchs


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General Management

CR Marco Borggreve


For many years, Tabea Zimmermann has been one of the most renowned musicians of our time. Her charismatic personality and deep musical understanding are valued equally by both her audience and her fellow musicians. Arguably the finest violist in the world today, Tabea Zimmermann owes her success not only to her exceptional talent, but also to the support of her parents, thorough training by excellent teachers, and a tireless enthusiasm to communicate her understanding and love of music to her audience.

As a soloist she regularly works with the most distinguished orchestras worldwide like the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre de Paris, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic. During the last season she performed among others at the Salzburger Festspiele and with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Camerata Bern.

Following residencies in Weimar, Luxemburg, Hamburg and at the Bodenseefestival in recent seasons, Tabea Zimmermann will be artist-in-residence with the Bamberger Symphoniker in 2012/13 and will perform among others Monh by Georges Lentz as well as Hindemith's Konzertmusik op.48. During the Hindemith year 2013, she will perform works by the composer in many contexts, for example as soloist in Der Schwanendreher with the Osnabrücker Symphoniker who will be the first German orchestra to visit Wolgograd in Russia in February 2013. At the start of this season, she performed this work with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte. As soloist she will visit the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Ensemble Resonanz, and she will be guest at the Oslo Philharmonic and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with chamber music partners such as cellist Maximilian Hornung and pianist Igor Levit, she is invited among others to the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Wigmore Hall London and to the Beethovenhaus Bonn.

The Arcanto Quartet, with violinists Antje Weithaas and Daniel Sepec and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, continues to be a special focus for Tabea Zimmermann's chamber music activities. In the last years, the quartet performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Palau de la Música Barcelona, Théâtre du Châtelet and Cité de la Musique Paris, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Konzerthaus Vienna, and they toured Israel, Japan and North America. On the label Harmonia Mundi they released CDs with works by Bartók, Brahms, Ravel, Dutilleux, and Debussy. Beside their regular appearances at the Rheingau Musik Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the quartet will perform in the current season again at the Philharmonie Cologne, at Bozar Brussels, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Fundación Caja Madrid, at de Singel Antwerpen, at Wigmore Hall London and at the Cuvilliéstheater in Munich. For the first time the Arcanto Quartet will appear at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik and at the Kammermusikgemeinde Hannover.

Tabea Zimmermann has inspired numerous composers to write for the viola and has introduced many new works into the standard concert and chamber music repertoire. In April 1994, she gave a highly successful world premiere of theSonata for Solo Violaby György Ligeti, a work composed especially for her. The subsequent premieres of this work in London, New York, Paris, Jerusalem, Amsterdam, and Japan attracted great critical and public acclaim. In recent seasons, Tabea Zimmermann premieredRecicantofor Viola and Orchestra by Heinz Holliger, the viola concerto Über die Linie IV by Wolfgang Rihm, Monh by George Lentz, Notte di pasqua by Frank Michael Beyer, and, together with Antoine Tamestit, a double concerto by Bruno Mantovani.

Following the success of her Solo-CD of works by Reger and Bach with myrios classics in 2009, for which she received an Echo Klassik prize as Instrumentalist of the Year, she released an album with pianist Kirill Gerstein featuring sonatas by Johannes Brahms, Henri Vieuxtemps, and Rebecca Clarke in September 2010. Over 30 CDs for labels such as EMI, Teldec, and Deutsche Grammophon document Tabea Zimmermann's artistry. Ars Musici released a live recording of her performance on Beethoven's own viola at the Beethovenhaus Bonn, accompanied by Hartmut Höll. Her latest concerto releases are a live recording of Berlioz's Harold in Italy under Sir Colin Davis with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, a recording of Bloch's Suite for Viola and Orchestra with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlinunder Steven Sloane and her interpretation of the Concerto for 2 Violas and Orchestra by Bruno Mantovani with Antoine Tamestit and the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège under Pascal Rophé.

Tabea Zimmermann has received several national and international awards for her outstanding artistic contributions. These include Frankfurter Musikpreis, Hessischer Kulturpreis, the Rheingau Musikpreis, the International Prize Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna, and the Paul-Hindemith-Prize from the city of Hanau. Since autumn 2011 Tabea Zimmermann has been ambassador of the Bundesstiftung Kinderhospiz (German Foundation for Children's Hospices).

Tabea Zimmermann began learning the viola at age three, and two years later began playing the piano. She studied with Ulrich Koch at the Musikhochschule Freiburg and subsequently with Sandor Vegh at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Following her studies, she received several awards at international competitions, amongst them first prizes at the 1982 Geneva International Competition and the 1984 Budapest International Competition. As a result of winning the 1983Maurice VieuxCompetition in Paris, she received a viola by the contemporary maker Etienne Vatelot on which she has been performing ever since. From 1987 to 2000, she regularly gave concerts in Düsseldorf, Jerusalem and Luxemburg with the late David Shallon, father of her two sons Yuval and Jonathan. Tabea Zimmermann held teaching posts at the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken and Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt. Since October 2002 she has been a professor at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler' Berlin where she is living by now with her three children.