Frank Peter Zimmermann


Frank Peter Zimmermann, who was born in Duisburg in 1965, began playing violin at the age of five and gave his first orchestral concert as a soloist when he was ten. After studying with Valery Gradov, Saschko Gawriloff, and Herman Krebbers, he launched his international career in 1983 when he made his Salzburg Festival debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel. Since then he has appeared at all the major festivals, performed with renowned orchestras and conductors of the Old and New Worlds, and has been artist-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. In the 2018-19 season, he served as “Capell-Virtuos” with the Dresden Staatskapelle and also performed with the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Staatskapelle, the Czech Philharmonic, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. Together with the violist Antoine Tamestit and the cellist Christian Poltéra, he founded the Trio Zimmermann in 2007; he is currently presenting a cycle of all of the Beethoven sonatas with the pianist Martin Helmchen. Zimmermann has premiered Magnus Lindberg’s Second Violin Concerto, Augusta Read Thomas’s Juggler in Paradise, Brett Dean’s The Lost Art of Letter Writing, and Matthias Pintscher’s En sourdine. In acknowledgment of his artistic achievements, he received the Premio dell’ Accademia Musicale Chigiana in 1990, the Rheinischer Musikpreis in 1994, the Music Prize of the City of Duisburg in 2002, and the Paul Hindemith Prize in 2010. His extensive discography ranges from Bach’s Sonatas for violin and keyboard to Lindberg’s Second Violin Concerto, which he released in autumn 2018. Zimmermann plays the Lady Inchiquin Stradivarius built in 1711, which is kindly provided by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, "Kunst im Landesbesitz”.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 25 August 1979 as part of the Young Artists series in works by Tartini, Beethoven, Ysaÿe, Webern, and Saint-Saëns.

August 2019