Tabea Zimmermann



Maike Charlotte Fuchs


+49 30 214 594-220

General Management

CR Marco Borggreve


01.12. 20:00
Berliner Philharmonie

Felix Mendelssohn,  'Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage' Op. 27
William Walton,  Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Peter Tschaikowsky,  Symphony No.5, Op.64

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB)
Lahav Shani, conductor

07.12. 19:30
Palace of Arts Budapest

Richard Strauss,  Romance for Cello and Orchestra
Bela Bartok,  Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Richard Strauss,  Don Quixote op.35

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
István Várdai, violoncello
Concerto Budapest
Domonkos Héja, conductor

27.12. 20:00
Henry Crown Hall Jerusalem

Giuseppe Verdi,  from aus: 'Jerusalem'
Georg Friedrich Händel,  'The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba' from: 'Solomon'
Max Bruch,  Romance in F major, Op. 85
Yinam Leef,  Viola Concerto
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Frédéric Chaslin, conductor

04.01. 19:30
Wigmore Hall

Robert Schumann,  Märchenerzählungen op.132 for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Jörg Widmann,  "Es war einmal" ... Fünf Stücke im Märchenton, for Clarinet, Viola and Piano (WP 25.10.2015)
Jörg Widmann,  Fantasie for solo clarinet
Robert Schumann,  Märchenbilder for Viola and Piano, op. 113
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Trio (Kegelstatt) for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E-flat major KV 498

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Denes Varjon, piano
Jörg Widmann, clarinet

19.01. 19:30
Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn

Maurice Ravel,  Chansons madécasses
Luciano Berio,  Naturale
Shulamit Ran,  Perfect Storm
György Kurtág,  Rückblick
Luciano Berio,  Folk Songs

Virpi Räisänen, mezzo-soprano
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Ensemble Musikfabrik

23.01. 19:30
Beethoven-Haus Bonn

Manuel de Falla,  Suite from El amor brujo
Federico Garcia Lorca,  Ancient Spanish songs (from: Colección de canciones populares antiguas)
Mauricio Sotelo,  Muros de dolor... VII
Manuel de Falla,  Siete Canciones Populares Españolas
Manuel de Falla,  Fantasia Bætica for Piano
Manuel de Falla,  Siete Canciones Populares Españolas (arr.for Viola and Piano)

Luna Zegers,
Eduardo Cortés,
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Javier Perianes, piano

24.01. 19:30
Beethoven-Haus Bonn

Ernest Bloch,  Nigun from: Baal Shem
Gideon Klein,  Trio for Violin, Viola und Violoncello
Dmitri Schostakowitsch,  Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Joseph Achron,  Dance Improvisation on a Hebrew Folksong op. 37
Joseph Achron,  Hebrew Melody op. 33
Joseph Achron,  Hebrew Dance op. 35 Nr. 1
Alexander Krein,  Caprice Hebraique op. 24
Joel Engel,  Chabad’er Melodie op. 20 Nr. 1/Freilachs op. 20 Nr. 2

Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Stephan Koncz, violoncello
Ohad Ben-Ari, piano

26.01. 19:30
Beethoven-Haus Bonn

Benjamin Britten,  Folk Songs
Ottorino Respighi,  Quattro arie scozzesi
Benjamin Britten,  Lachrymae, Reflections on a song of Dowland for viola and piano
Roderick Williams,  My love is like a red, red rose
Roger Vignoles,  Afton Water/Lowlands or Early One Morning/The Mermaid

Roderick Williams, baritone
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Roger Vignoles, piano

28.01. 19:30
Beethoven-Haus Bonn

Raphaela Papadakis, soprano
Pekka Kuusisto, violin
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Tomas Djupsjöbacka, violoncello
Milla Viljamaa, harmonium
Alasdair Beatson, 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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