Tabea Zimmermann


Tabea Zimmermann, who was born in 1966 in Lahr, Germany, began taking viola lessons at the age of three. She studied with Ulrich Koch at the Freiburg Academy of Music starting in 1979 and completed her training with Sándor Végh at the Salzburg Mozarteum in 1986-87. She won the Concours de Genève in 1982, the Concours Maurice Vieux in Paris in 1983, and, in 1984, the Budapest Music Competition. The violist soon began receiving engagements to perform as a soloist with renowned orchestras, particularly the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Czech Philharmonic. Zimmermann has been artist-in-residence with the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Pèlerinages in Weimar, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Bamberg Symphony, and Ensemble Resonanz. Chamber music is also a focus of her artistic work. Together with Antje Weithaas, Daniel Sepec, and Jean-Guihen Queyras, Zimmermann is part of the Arcanto Quartet, which has recorded repertoire ranging from Mozart to Bartók and Dutilleux. Many contemporary composers have created new works for her, including György Ligeti, Heinz Holliger, Wolfgang Rihm, Bruno Mantovani, Enno Poppe, Michael Jarrell, and Pascal Rophé. She is intensively committed to the work of Paul Hindemith and has been recognized for her efforts by being granted the Hindemith Prize of the City of Hanau. Zimmermann has also received the Frankfurt Music Prize, the Hessian Cultural Prize, and the Premio dell’Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, as well as numerous awards for her recordings. Since 2013 she has been chairman of the Beethoven-Haus Association in Bonn and has directed its Beethoven Week since 2015. Tabea Zimmermann has taught at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin since 2002.

July 2019