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Tabea Zimmermann



Extraordinary talent, a profound understanding of music and a natural way of playing: Tabea Zimmermann is one of the leading contemporary viola players worldwide. She conveys her interpretation of the music and her love for it to her audience with indefatigable enthusiasm. Tabea Zimmermann is in demand as soloist with such prominent orchestras as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre de Paris, and the London Symphony Orchestra. She was able to arouse interest for the viola among many contemporary composers and introduced a number of new works into the concert and chamber music repertoire. In 1994, György Ligeti dedicated his Sonata for solo viola to her – and this was followed by premieres of Heinz Holliger’s Recicanto for Viola and Orchestra, the Viola Concerto No. 2 Über die Linie IV by Wolfgang Rihm, Monh by Georges Lentz, Notte di pasqua by Frank Michael Beyer and Bruno Mantovani’s double concerto. More than 30 CDs, published with major and independent labels, are evidence of Tabea Zimmermann's huge musical range. Since 2009, she records with myrios classics, where four albums have been released with her to date. All have been extremely well received both within the press and by music lovers. The recording of solo suites by Max Reger and Johann Sebastian Bach has been awarded – among many other commendations like the Editor‘s Choice of the Gramophone Magazine – the Echo Klassik  2010 in the category "Instrumentalist of the Year". In the field of chamber music, Tabea Zimmermann places special emphasis on her cooperation with the Arcanto Quartett. Tabea Zimmermann had her first viola lessons at the age of three and began playing the piano two years later. Her training with Ulrich Koch at the Freiburg University of Music was followed by a short, intensive study period with Sandor Végh at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She earned great respect with a successful series of competition entries, for instance first prizes at the Concours International in Geneva in 1982, Budapest in 1984 and the Maurice Vieux competition in Paris in 1983 where her prize consisted of a viola made by contemporary violin maker Etienne Vatelot. Tabea Zimmermann has been a professor at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin since October 2002.  



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