Tabea Zimmermann



Maike Charlotte Fuchs


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Adriana Kussmaul


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Tabea Zimmermann, who considers herself “a musician who plays the viola”, is one of the most popular and renowned artists of our time. As winner of the international Ernst von Siemens Music Prize 2020, Artist-in-Residence of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the season of 2019/2020 and of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2020/2021, Tabea Zimmermann is widely acknowledged for her tireless enthusiasm to communicate her love of music to her audience and her uncompromisingly high quality standard. Audiences and fellow musicians value her charismatic personality and deep musical understanding. Her work with orchestras is also guided by the ideals of her experience as a chamber musician, where artistic integrity is paramount.

As a soloist she regularly performs with the most distinguished orchestras worldwide. Following residencies in Weimar, Luxembourg, Hamburg, with the Frankfurter Museums-Gesellschaft and the Bamberg Symphony, Tabea Zimmermann was artist-in-residence with the Ensemble Resonanz in 2013/14 and 2014/15.

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. Her Cantilena CD with the Spanish pianist Javier Perianes was recently released on the harmonia mundi label. To mark Hindemith’s anniversary in 2013, Tabea Zimmermann released a highly acclaimed recording of the composer’s complete works for viola on myrios classics. Her recording of solo works by Reger and Bach with myrios received an Echo Klassik prize as Instrumentalist of the Year in 2009. The year 2020 will see several new releases on myrios, including a second solo CD.

Tabea Zimmermann’s artistic work has been recognized with numerous awards both in Germany and abroad, including the Federal Cross of Merit, Frankfurter Musikpreis, Hessischer Kulturpreis, Rheingau Musikpreis, International Prize Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna, the Paul-Hindemith-Prize from the city of Hanau and named Artist of the Year by the ICMA International Classical Music Awards 2017. Since 2013 Tabea Zimmermann is a foundation board member of the Hindemith Foundation. Under her aegis as chairman of the board of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (2013-2020), the Beethoven-Woche Bonn culminated in an extended three-week festival with almost all of the composer’s chamber music in 2020.

Tabea Zimmermann began learning the viola at the age of three, and two years later began playing the piano. In the beginning, she received significant inspiration from her first teacher Dietmar Mantel. 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, the 1983 Maurice Vieux Competition in Paris and the 1984 Budapest International Competition. She has been playing an instrument built for her by Patrick Robin since 2019. From 1987 until his early death in 2000, Tabea Zimmermann regularly performed with her husband, the conductor David Shallon. She lives in Berlin and has three almost grown-up children. Tabea Zimmermann has 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’.

2019/2020 season

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BARTOK Concerto for Viola and Orchestra op. posth.
BEAMISH Concerto for Viola and Orchestra No. 2 “The Seafarer”
BERIO Chemins II
Naturale for Viola, Percussion and Tape
BERLIOZ Harold in Italy. Symphony with Viola solo, op. 16
BRITTEN Lachrymae op. 48. Reflections on a Song of Dowland.
Double Concerto in B minor
BLOCH Suite for Viola and Orchestra (1919)
Concertino for Flute, Viola and Orchestra
Suite hebraïque for Viola and Orchestra
BRUCH Romance for Viola and Orchestra op. 85
Double Concerto for Clarinet, Viola and Orchestra op. 88
DEAN Approach
ELGAR Concerto for Cello and Orchestra E minor op. 85 (arranged for Viola)
ENESCU Konzertstück for Viola and Orchestra
EÖTVÖS Replica. Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
GLASUNOW Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra (arranged for Viola by David Shallon)
A. GOEHR Schlussgesang. Six Pieces for Viola and Orchestra
HARTMANN Concerto for Viola, Piano, Woodwinds and Percussion
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CR_Harmonia Mundi

Harold En Italie - Les Nuits D'Été

Hector Berlioz
Tabea Zimmermann; François-Xavier Roth; Les Siècles;
Harmonia Mundi, 2019, HMM902634

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Es War Einmal ... Once Upon A Time ...

Fairy Tales by Robert Schumann and Jörg Widmann
Tabea Zimmermann; Jörg Widmann; Dénes Vàrjon
myrios classics, 2017, MYR020

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Romance Oubliée

Tabea Zimmermann; Thomas Hoppe
myrios classics, 2014, MYR014

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Hindemith - Complete Viola Works Vol. 1 Viola & Orchestra

Tabea Zimmermann; Hans Graf; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
myrios classics, 2013, MYR010

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Hindemith - Complete Viola Works Vol. 2: Sonatas For Viola & Piano And Solo Viola

Tabea Zimmermann; Thomas Hoppe
myrios classics, 2013, MYR011

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Brahms, Schubert, Frank - Sonatas For Viola & Piano Vol. 2

Tabea Zimmermann; Kirill Gerstein
myrios classics, 2012, MYR008


Bruno Mantovani - Concerto pour deux altos, Time Stretch, Finale

Tabea Zimmermann; Antoine Tamestit; Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège; Pascal Rophé
aeon, 2011, AECD1102

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Brahms, Clarke, Vieuxtemps - Sonatas For Viola & Piano Vol. 1

Tabea Zimmermann; Kirill Gerstein
myrios classics, 2010, MYR004

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Tabea Zimmermann
myrios classics, 2009, MYR003


Mozart, Spohr - Duos For Violin & Viola

Tabea Zimmermann; Antje Weithaas
Capriccio (2), 2006, 71106

CR_Nimbus Records

George Benjamin - Shadowlines · Viola, Viola · Three Studies · Piano Sonata

Tabea Zimmermann; Antoine Tamestit; Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Nimbus Records, 2004, NI 5713


Berlioz - Harold En Italie

Tabea Zimmermann; Sir Colin Davis; London Symphony Orchestra
LSO Live, 2003, LSO0040


Hindemith - Prokofiev - Poulenc - Berg

Tabea Zimmermann; Andreas Bach; lb Hausmann; Daniel Hope; Dietmut Schneider; Christian Tetzlaff; Lars Vogt; Christian Wetzel u.a.
EMI Classics, 2022, 5573762

CR_Hänssler Classics

Jewish chamber Music

Tabea Zimmermann; Jascha Nemtsov
Hänssler Classic, 2000, 93 008

CR_Sony Classical

ligeti - Sonata for Solo viola

Tabea Zimmermann
Sony Classical, 1998


Bernd Alois Zimmermann - Antiphonen · Omnia Tempus Habent · Présence

Tabea Zimmermann; Ensemble Modern; Hans Zender
RCA Victor Red Seal, 1996


Songs with Viola

Tabea Zimmermann; Mitsuko Shirai; Hartmut Höll
Capriccio (2), 1995, Capriccio 10 462


Schnittke, Kopytman - Viola Concertos

Tabea Zimmermann; David Shallon; Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
EMI, 1994, 7243 5 55107 2 3


Brahms, Schumann - Sonatas Op. 120 · Märchenbilder

Tabea Zimmermann; Hartmut Höll
EMI Classics, 1993, 0777 7 54841 2 0


Bartók, Hindemith - Viola Concerto · Der Schwanendreher

Tabea Zimmermann; David Shallon; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
EMI Classics, 1992; 0777 7 54101 2 9


Schnittke - Chamber Music

Gidon Kremer; Tabea Zimmermann; Heinrich Schiff
Philips, 1992, 434 040-2


Mozart - Symphony No. 40 · Sinfonia Concertante KV 364

Frank Peter Zimmermann; Tabea Zimmermann; Gianluigi Gelmetti; Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
EMI, 1991, CDC 7 54196 2

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