Tabea Zimmermann

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Tabea Zimmermann

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 continued the collaboration in the 2015/16 season with concerts at the Bachwoche Ansbach and in Neumarkt.

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 Max Reger and Johann Sebastian 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 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 took place in January 2015 with the theme “Fugato”.

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 is now living with her three children.

As of June 2016

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