Tabea Zimmermann

viola

contact

Maike Charlotte Fuchs

mf(at)karstenwitt.com

+49 30 214 594-220

Adriana Kussmaul

ak(at)karstenwitt.com

+49 30 214 594-227

General Management

CR Marco Borggreve

Dates

28.11. 20:00
Staatstheater Darmstadt

Franz Schubert,  Sonata in A minor D 821 (Arpeggione) for Viola and Piano
Johannes Brahms,  Viola Sonata Op.120 No.2 in E-flat major
Manuel de Falla,  Siete Canciones Populares Españolas (arr.for Viola and Piano)
Isaac Albéniz,  Tango
Heitor Villa-lobos,  Cantilena
Astor Piazzolla,  Le Grand Tango

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Javier Perianes, piano

01.12. 11:00
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris

Franz Schubert,  Sonata in A minor D 821 (Arpeggione) for Viola and Piano
Johannes Brahms,  Viola Sonata Op.120 No.2 in E-flat major
Manuel de Falla,  Siete Canciones Populares Españolas (arr.for Viola and Piano)
Astor Piazzolla,  Le Grand Tango

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Javier Perianes, piano

10.12. 20:15
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam

August Klughardt,  Schilflieder op. 28
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Trio (Kegelstatt) for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E-flat major KV 498
Johannes Brahms,  String Sextet in B-flat major op. 18

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

11.12. 20:15
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sinfonia Concertante E-flat major KV 364

Isabelle Faust, violin
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Iván Fischer, conductor

12.12. 20:15
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sinfonia Concertante E-flat major KV 364

Isabelle Faust, violin
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Iván Fischer, conductor

14.12. 20:00
Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sinfonia Concertante E-flat major KV 364

Isabelle Faust, violin
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Iván Fischer, conductor

15.12. 19:00
Philharmonie Luxembourg

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sinfonia Concertante E-flat major KV 364

Isabelle Faust, violin
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Iván Fischer, conductor

16.12. 20:30
Philharmonie de Paris

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sinfonia Concertante E-flat major KV 364

Isabelle Faust, violin
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Iván Fischer, conductor

09.01. 19:30
Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin

George Benjamin,  Viola Viola
Frank Bridge,  Lament for 2 Violas
Paul Hindemith,  Des Todes Tod
György Ligeti,  Sonata for Viola solo
György Kurtág,  In Nomine (from: Signs,Games and Messages)
Luciano Berio,  Naturale

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Ni Fan, percussion
Gerhild Romberger, alto
Adrien La Marca, viola
Daniel Barenboim Stiftung

17.01. 20:00
Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Piano Trio No. 1 E-flat major, Op. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven,  String Trio G Major, Op. 9 No. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven,  String quartet No. 7 in F major op. 59 Nr. 1

Isabelle Faust, violin
Daniel Sepec, violin
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Jean-Guihen Queyras, violoncello
Alexander Melnikov, piano
Belcea Quartet

31.01. 19:30
Beethoven-Haus Bonn

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Piano Trio Op.1 No. 3, C minor
Ludwig van Beethoven,  String Trio C minor, Op. 9,3
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sonata for Violin and Piano No.7 C Minor, Op. 30/2
Ludwig van Beethoven,  String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4

Anne Katharina Schreiber, violin
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Jonathan Cohen, violoncello
Kris Bezuidenhout, piano
Chiaroscuro Quartet, string quartet

07.02. 19:30
Beethoven-Haus Bonn

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Serenade D-Dur op. 25 für Flöte, Violine und Viola
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Quintett Es-Dur für Ob, Kl, Fg, Hn, Kla, op. 16
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sonata for horn and piano F major, Op. 17
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Septet in E-flat major op. 20

Adam Walker, flute
Olli Mustonen, piano
Lucas Macías Navarro, oboe
Vincent Alberola, clarinet
Guilhaume Santana, bassoon
José Vicente Castelló, horn
Daniel Sepec, violin
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Tomas Djupsjöbacka, violoncello
Janne Saksala, double bass

09.02. 18:00
k.A.

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sonate für Violine und Klavier Nr. 8 op. 30/3 (G-dur)
Ludwig van Beethoven,  String Quartet No. 5 in A minor Op. 18/5
Olli Mustonen,  New commissioned work
Ludwig van Beethoven,  String quartet No. 16 in F major op. 135

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Olli Mustonen, piano
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Janne Saksala, double bass

biography

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, a tireless enthusiasm to communicate her understanding and love of music to her audience and an uncompromisingly high quality standard. Her work with orchestras is also guided by the ideals of her work as a chamber musician, where artistic integrity is paramount.

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. In the season of 2019/2020, Tabea Zimmermann will be Artist-in-Residence of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and her great versatility will be showcased not only in Amsterdam, but also on tour. 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.

Tabea Zimmermann kicks off the 2019/20 season at the Schleswig Holstein, Rosendal and Salzburg Festivals and, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, in Amsterdam as well as at the Lucerne and Grafenegg Festivals. Among the many highlights of the current season are her concerts with Les Siècles under Francois-Xavier Roth at Musikfest Berlin, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas as well as an extensive recital tour in the United States with Javier Perianes. She has created two special chamber music concerts for the Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin and the Badenweiler Musiktage. In the field of chamber music, Tabea Zimmermann will also play trio concerts with Jörg Widmann and Dénes Várjon as well as with Daniel Sepec and Jean-Guihen Queyras, and will appear in duo recitals with the pianists Dénes Várjon and Thomas Hoppe.

The Arcanto Quartet, in which she performed with violinists Antje Weithaas and Daniel Sepec and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, provided a special focus for Tabea Zimmermann’s chamber music activities in recent years. 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 recording of the composer’s complete 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 Harmonia Mundi, 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 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 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 and culminates 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. 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. In addition, she has been playing an instrument built for her by Patrick Robin since 2019. From 1987 to 2000, she regularly gave concerts in Düsseldorf, Jerusalem and Luxembourg with the late David Shallon. 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.

2019/2020 season

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repertoire

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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