Tabea Zimmermann



Maike Charlotte Fuchs


+49 30 214 594-220

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 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 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 in the new season. In the season of 2015/16, she was artist-in-residence of the Frankfurt Museums-Gesellschaft.

Special highlights in her concert season 2016/17 will be Tabea Zimmermann’s concert with friends in Berlin’s Radialsystem on the occasion of her 50th birthday in October 2016, the joint concert at Musikfest Berlin with Ensemble Resonanz as well as the  premiere of Michael Jarrell’s Viola Concerto at Festival Musica Strasbourg with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire under Pascal Rophé, with subsequent performances in the course of the season with the Vienna Symphony under Ingo Metzmacher, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Pascal Rophé and the  Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin under Mario Venzago.

The Arcanto Quartet, with violinists Antje Weithaas and Daniel Sepec and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, has been a special focus for Tabea Zimmermann’s chamber music activities. Following their concerts at this year’s Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, they will begin a long-standing 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 Paris, the Philharmonie Berlin and the Konzerthaus Vienna, and has toured Israel, Japan and North America. On the label Harmonia Mundi, they released CDs with 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 a 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 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, together with Antoine Tamestit, a double concerto by Bruno Mantovani, and, together with Ensemble Resonanz, Filz by Enno Poppe.

On the occasion of the Hindemith anniversary in 2013, Tabea Zimmermann released a highly acclaimed complete recording of Paul Hindemith’s works for viola on myrios classics. 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 has in the meantime released three albums with pianists Kirill Gerstein and Thomas Hoppe. Approximately 50 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.

Tabea Zimmermann has received several national and international awards for her outstanding artistic contributions. These include the Frankfurter Musikpreis, Hessischer Kulturpreis, Rheingau Musikpreis, International Prize Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna, and the Paul-Hindemith-Prize from the city of Hanau. Tabea Zimmermann is foundation board member of the Hindemith Foundation in Blonay (Switzerland) as well as ambassador of 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 takes 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 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 now lives with her three children.

2016/17 season

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