Tabea Zimmermann



Maike Charlotte Fuchs


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Heike Wilms


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General Management

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12.09. 19:00
Helsinki Music Center

Paul Hindemith,  Der Schwanendreher (The Swan turner)

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Susanna Mälkki, conductor

13.09. 19:00
Helsinki Music Center

Paul Hindemith,  Der Schwanendreher (The Swan turner)

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Susanna Mälkki, conductor

15.09. 22:00
St. Matthäuskirche, Berlin

Igor Strawinsky,  Elegy for Solo Viola (1944)
Morton Feldman,  Rothko Chapel
John Cage,  Four2

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Rundfunkchor Berlin, choir

23.09. 11:00
Salle de la Bourse Strasbourg

Johann Sebastian Bach,  Suite for Violoncello solo No 1 E-flat minor, BWV 1010
Bernd Alois Zimmermann,  Sonata for Viola solo
Igor Strawinsky,  Elegy for Solo Viola (1944)
György Ligeti,  Sonata for Viola solo

Tabea Zimmermann, viola

28.09. 20:00
August-Everding-Saal Grünwald

Robert Schumann,  Märchenerzählungen op.132 for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Robert Schumann,  Märchenbilder for Viola and Piano, op. 113
Jörg Widmann,  "Es war einmal ... Fünf Stücke im Märchenton" for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Trio (Kegelstatt) for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E-flat major KV 498

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Jörg Widmann, clarinet
Dénes Várjon, piano

01.10. 20:00
Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

Edgar Varese,  Density 21,5
Dmitri Schostakowitsch,  Sonata for Viola and Piano Op. 147
Elliott Carter,  Scrivo in vento
Charles Ives,  Concord Sonata

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Adam Walker, flute

19.10. 19:00
Suntory Hall, Tokyo

Bruno Mantovani,  Doppelkonzert
Camille Saint-Saens,  Symphonie Nr. 3 c-Moll 'Orgelsymphonie'

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Antoine Tamestit, viola
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Kazushi Ono, conductor

20.10. 15:00
Musashino Civic Cultural Hall, Tokyo

Béla Bartók,  Duos Sz 98, Nr.1-44 (arr. for 2 Violas)
Jean-Marie Leclair,  Duet in A-Major Op. 12 No. 2 for 2 Violas
Johann Sebastian Bach,  Suite for Violoncello solo No 1 E-flat minor, BWV 1010
George Benjamin,  Viola Viola
Frank Bridge,  Lament for 2 Violas
Johann Sebastian Bach,  Suite for Violoncello solo No 2 D minor, BWV1008

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Antoine Tamestit, viola

26.10. 20:00
Seoul Arts Center - Music Hall

Arnold Schönberg,  Five pieces for orchestra op. 16
York Höller,  Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Karlheinz Stockhausen,  Song of the Youths
Marc-Andre Dalbavie,  Concertate il suono

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
Roland Kluttig, conductor

11.11. 18:00
Haus des Gastes, Bad Kreuznach

Paul Hindemith,  Sonate für Bratsche und Klavier (1939)
Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Piano No. 1 in G minor BWV1027
Johannes Brahms,  Sonata for viola and piano Op. 120 No. 1, F minor

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Thomas Hoppe, piano

12.11. 20:15
Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Waterloo

Paul Hindemith,  Sonate für Bratsche und Klavier (1939)
Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sonate für Viola da Gamba und Klavier Nr. 1 in G-Dur BWV1027
Rebecca Clarke,  Viola Sonata

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Thomas Hoppe, piano


For many years, Tabea Zimmermann has been regarded as one of the most renowned musicians of our time. Audiences and fellow musicians value her charismatic personality and deep musical understanding. 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 such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic. Following residencies in Weimar, Luxembourg, Hamburg and with the Bamberg Symphony, Tabea Zimmermann was artist-in-residence with the Ensemble Resonanz in 2013/14 and 2014/15, and continues this close collaboration this season. In the 2015/16 season, she was artist-in-residence of the Frankfurt Museums-Gesellschaft.

Special highlights of Tabea Zimmermann’s 2017/18 concert season are her season opening concerts with Ensemble Resonanz at the Elbphilharmonie, her concerts with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Lahav Shani, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and David Robertson at musica viva (BR Munich), with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, a concert tour with Les Siècles and Francois-Xavier Roth as well as two premieres: a new work by Brett Dean with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and a new viola concerto by York Höller with the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and, at a later date, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Arcanto Quartet, in which she performs with violinists Antje Weithaas and Daniel Sepec and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, has provided a special focus for Tabea Zimmermann’s chamber music activities. Following their concerts at this year’s Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the quartet is taking an extended sabbatical. In the last few years, the quartet has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Palau de la Música Barcelona, Théâtre du Châtelet and Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Philharmonie Berlin and the Konzerthaus Vienna, and has toured Israel, Japan and North America. On the label Harmonia Mundi, they have released CDs of works by Bartók, Brahms, Ravel, Dutilleux, Debussy, Schubert and Mozart.

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 the highly successful world premiere of the Sonata for Solo Viola by 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 has premiered Recicanto for 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, a double concerto by Bruno Mantovani with Antoine Tamestit, and Filz by Enno Poppe with Ensemble Resonanz. She played the premiere of Michael Jarrell’s Viola Concerto at Festival Musica Strasbourg 2017 with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire under Pascal Rophé; and subsequent performances with the Vienna Symphony under Ingo Metzmacher, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Pascal Rophé and the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin under Mario Venzago.

To mark Hindemith’s anniversary in 2013, Tabea Zimmermann released a highly acclaimed complete recording of the composer’s works for viola on myrios classics. Following the success of her recording of solo works by Reger and Bach with myrios classics in 2009 – for which she received an Echo Klassik prize as Instrumentalist of the Year – she has released three albums with pianists Kirill Gerstein and Thomas Hoppe. Tabea Zimmerman’s artistry is documented on approximately 50 CDs for labels such as EMI, Teldec, and Deutsche Grammophon. A live recording of her performance on Beethoven’s own viola at the Beethovenhaus Bonn, accompanied by Hartmut Höll, was released by Ars Musici.

Tabea Zimmermann has received several national and international awards for her outstanding artistic achievements. These include the Frankfurter Musikpreis, Hessischer Kulturpreis, Rheingau Musikpreis, International Prize Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna, the Paul-Hindemith-Prize from the city of Hanau and most recently as Artist of the Year by the ICMA International Classical Music Awards 2017. Tabea Zimmermann is a foundation board member of the Hindemith Foundation in Blonay (Switzerland) as well as ambassador for the Bundesstiftung Kinderhospiz (German Foundation for Children’s Hospices). In July 2013, she was appointed chairwoman of the board of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn. Under her aegis, the Beethoven-Woche Bonn has taken place every year since January 2015.

Tabea Zimmermann began learning the viola at the age of 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 1983 Maurice Vieux Competition 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 Luxembourg with the late David Shallon, father of her two sons Yuval and Jonathan. 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’ in Berlin, where she now lives with her three children.

2017/2018 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
ELGAR Concerto for Cello and Orchestra E minor op. 85 (arranged for Viola)
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With tremendous versatility and the greatest degree of sensitivity, she opens up Hindemith’s music, which can seem a little harsh and unapproachable at times, with notes that are sometimes dark, sweet and velvety, and at other times raw and wicked. Analytically lucid and at the same time full of warmth, she proves herself to be the best advocate of this eminent composer who is consistently underrepresented.
Mirjam Jessa, ORF Ö1, 1/10/2013

Tabea Zimmermann’s viola playing has reached a new level with this recording that takes one’s breath away.
Giselher Schubert, FonoForum, October 2013

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You can find further information, photos and a list of upcoming concerts on Tabea Zimmermann’s official website.

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