Antoine Tamestit


French violist Antoine Tamestit, who was born in 1979, studied with Jean Sulem at the Paris Conservatory, with Jesse Levine at Yale University, and with Tabea Zimmermann at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. His career was launched when he became the recipient of four prestigious awards: In 2000-01 he won the Concours Maurice Vieux in Paris and the William Primrose Competition in Chicago, in 2003 the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York, and in 2004 the ARD Music Competition, where he also received the Audience Award and two special awards. In 2007 he earned recognition at the Victoires de la Musique Competition as “instrumental revelation of the year,” and in 2008 he won the highly coveted Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, which resulted in his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Tamestit, whose repertoire spans from the Baroque to the present, has appeared as soloist in concerts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, and the Orchestre de Paris. In the 2009-10 season he was artist-in-residence at the Konzerthaus in Berlin. As a chamber musician, Tamestit partners with Gidon Kremer, Daishin Kashimoto, Emmanuel Pahud, Mischa Maisky, Jean-Guihen Queyras, and Renaud and Gautier Capuçon and Natalia Gutman; he plays in a string trio with Frank Peter Zimmerman and Christian Poltéra. His regular duo partner is German pianist Markus Hadulla, with whom he has performed in Amsterdam, Vienna, London, Athens, Brussels, and Paris, as well as at Lincoln Center in New York, where he gave the first viola recital ever to be scheduled by the acclaimed Center. Antoine Tamestit plays an instrument made by Antonio Stradivari in 1672.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut in a chamber concert on 12 August 2006 playing works of Brahms and Mendelssohn.

August 2011