Frank Peter Zimmermann

Violin

Frank Peter Zimmermann is widely regarded as one of the leading violinists of his generation.  Praised for his selfless musicality, his brilliance and keen intelligence he has been performing with all major orchestras in the world for well over three decades, collaborating on these occasions with the world’s most renowned conductors. His many concert engagements take him to all important concert venues and international music festivals in Europe, the United States, Japan, South America and Australia.

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Frank Peter Zimmermann is widely regarded as one of the leading violinists of his generation.  Praised for his selfless musicality, his brilliance and keen intelligence he has been performing with all major orchestras in the world for well over three decades, collaborating on these occasions with the world’s most renowned conductors. His many concert engagements take him to all important concert venues and international music festivals in Europe, the United States, Japan, South America and Australia.

Highlights during the 2018/19 season include engagements with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, all conducted by Jakub Hrůša; the New York Philharmonic and Manfred Honeck; the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Sakari Oramo; the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Dima Slobodeniouk; as well as a residency with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann with concerts in Dresden, Vienna, Baden-Baden, Frankfurt, Hamburg and the Salzburger Osterfestspiele. Mr. Zimmermann will be giving concerts throughout Europe with his string trio, the Trio Zimmermann, as well as making a start with the Beethoven sonata cycle with pianist Martin Helmchen.

Together with viola player Antoine Tamestit and cellist Christian Poltéra he forms the Trio Zimmermann; the trio performs in all major music centres and festivals in Europe. BIS Records has so far released four award-winning CD recordings of works for string trio by Beethoven (Op. 3, Op. 8 and Op. 9), Mozart (Divertimento KV 563), Schubert (Trio, D 471), Schoenberg (Trio, op. 45) and Hindemith (Trios 1 and 2).

Mr. Zimmermann has given four world premieres: Magnus Lindberg’s violin concerto no. 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden (2015) with further performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, both under Daniel Harding and with the New York Philharmonic and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, both under Alan Gilbert. He also premiered the violin concerto “en sourdine” by Matthias Pintscher with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Peter Eötvös (2003), the violin concerto “The Lost Art of Letter Writing” by Brett Dean, who received the 2009 Grawemeyer Award for this composition, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by the composer (2007) and the violin concerto no. 3 “Juggler in Paradise” by Augusta Read Thomas with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Andrey Boreyko (2009).

He received a number of special prizes and honours, among which the “Premio del Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena” (1990), the “Rheinischer Kulturpreis” (1994), the “Musikpreis” of the city of Duisburg (2002), the “Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse der Bundesrepublik Deutschland” (2008) and the “Paul-Hindemith-Preis der Stadt Hanau” (2010).

Over the years Frank Peter Zimmermann has built up an impressive discography for EMI Classics, Sony Classical, BIS Records, hänssler CLASSIC, Ondine, Decca, Teldec Classics and ECM Records. He has recorded virtually all major concerto repertoire, ranging from Bach to Ligeti, as well as recital repertoire. Many of these recordings have received prestigious awards and prizes worldwide. Most recent releases include violin concertos of J.S. Bach with the Berliner Barock Solisten (hänssler CLASSIC); the two violin concertos of Shostakovich with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Alan Gilbert (BIS Records) – this recording was nominated for a Grammy 2018 -; and the 5 violin concertos and Sinfonia Concertante of Mozart with the Kammerorchester des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Antoine Tamestit (hänssler CLASSIC).

Born in 1965 in Duisburg, Germany, Mr. Zimmermann started playing the violin when he was 5 years old, giving his first concert with orchestra at the age of 10. He studied with Valery Gradov, Saschko Gawriloff and Herman Krebbers.

Mr. Zimmermann plays on the 1711 Antonio Stradivari violin “Lady Inchiquin”, which is kindly provided by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, “Kunst im Landesbesitz”.

Representation

General Management: Nymus Artists
Germany: Michael Kocyan Artists Management
Spain: Duetto Management
Japan: Kajimoto

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Concerts

  • Oktober 19, 2018, 7:30 pm
    Bilbao, Spain
    Palacio Euskalduna
    Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa
    Conductor: Erik Nielsen
    Martinu – Violin Concerto No. 1, H. 232bis

    https://bilbaorkestra.eus
  • November 1, 2018, 8:00 pm
    Dresden, Germany
    Semperoper Dresden
    Recital
    Piano: Martin Helmchen
    Beethoven – Sonata for piano and violin no. 8 in G major, op. 30 no. 3
    Beethoven – Sonata for piano and violin no. 9 in A major, op. 47 "Kreutzer"
    Beethoven – Sonata for piano and violin no. 10 in G major, op. 96

    http://www.staatskapelle-dresden.de
  • November 5, 2018, 8:00 pm
    Wuppertal, Germany
    Historische Stadthalle
    Recital
    Piano: Martin Helmchen
    Beethoven – Sonata for piano and violin no. 8 in G major, op. 30 no. 3
    Beethoven – Sonata for piano and violin no. 9 in A major, op. 47 "Kreutzer"
    Beethoven – Sonata for piano and violin no. 10 in G major, op. 96

    https://www.klavierfestival.de
  • November 6, 2018, 8:00 pm
    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
    ExpoMeloneras
    Recital
    Piano: Martin Helmchen
    Beethoven – Sonata for piano and violin no. 8 in G major, op. 30 no. 3
    Beethoven – Sonata for piano and violin no. 9 in A major, op. 47 "Kreutzer"
    Beethoven – Sonata for piano and violin no. 10 in G major, op. 96

    http://www.expomeloneras.com
  • November 7, 2018, 7:30 pm
    Madrid, Spain
    Auditorio Nacional De Música
    Recital
    Piano: Martin Helmchen
    Beethoven – Sonata for piano and violin no. 8 in G major, op. 30 no. 3
    Beethoven – Sonata for piano and violin no. 9 in A major, op. 47 "Kreutzer"
    Beethoven – Sonata for piano and violin no. 10 in G major, op. 96

    http://www.auditorionacional.mcu.es
  • November 10, 2018, 6:00 pm
    Freiburg, Germany
    Paulussaal
    Recital
    Piano: Martin Helmchen
    Beethoven – Sonata for piano and violin no. 8 in G major, op. 30 no. 3
    Beethoven – Sonata for piano and violin no. 9 in A major, op. 47 "Kreutzer"
    Beethoven – Sonata for piano and violin no. 10 in G major, op. 96

    http://www.albert-konzerte.de
  • November 15, 2018, 7:30 pm
    New York, NY, United States
    David Geffen Hall: Lincoln Center
    New York Philharmonic
    Conductor: Manfred Honeck
    Martinu – Violin Concerto No. 1, H. 232bis

    http://nyphil.org
  • November 16, 2018, 8:00 pm
    New York, NY, United States
    David Geffen Hall: Lincoln Center
    New York Philharmonic
    Conductor: Manfred Honeck
    Martinu – Violin Concerto No. 1, H. 232bis

    http://nyphil.org
  • November 17, 2018, 8:00 pm
    New York, NY, United States
    David Geffen Hall: Lincoln Center
    New York Philharmonic
    Conductor: Manfred Honeck
    Martinu – Violin Concerto No. 1, H. 232bis

    http://nyphil.org
  • November 29, 2018, 8:00 pm
    Paris, France
    Maison de la Radio - Auditorium
    Orchestre National de France
    Conductor: Lan Shui
    Martinu – Violin Concerto No. 1, H. 232bis

    https://www.maisondelaradio.fr/concerts-classiques/orchestre-national-de-france
  • December 6, 2018, 9:00 pm
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Grande Auditório
    Gulbenkian Lisbon
    Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Martinu – Violin Concerto No. 1, H. 232bis

    https://gulbenkian.pt/musica/
  • December 7, 2018, 7:00 pm
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Grande Auditório
    Gulbenkian Lisbon
    Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Martinu – Violin Concerto No. 1, H. 232bis

    https://gulbenkian.pt/musica/
  • December 19, 2018, 7:30 pm
    Prague 1, Czech Republic
    Rudolfinum
    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor: Jakub Hrůša
    Martinu – Violin Concerto No. 1, H. 232bis

    https://www.ceskafilharmonie.cz/en/
  • December 20, 2018, 7:30 pm
    Prague 1, Czech Republic
    Rudolfinum
    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor: Jakub Hrůša
    Martinu – Violin Concerto No. 1, H. 232bis

    https://www.ceskafilharmonie.cz/en/
  • December 21, 2018, 7:30 pm
    Prague 1, Czech Republic
    Rudolfinum
    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor: Jakub Hrůša
    Martinu – Violin Concerto No. 1, H. 232bis

    https://www.ceskafilharmonie.cz/en/
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“Er hat alles, was einen wirklich großen Künstler ausmacht, und das ist: Man bekommt, was man erwartet und ist gleichzeitig…” →“Er hat alles, was einen wirklich großen Künstler ausmacht, und das ist: Man bekommt, was man erwartet und ist gleichzeitig fasziniert, wie perfekt das Ergebnis alles Erwartete übertrifft, wie ein Künstler aus allseits Bekanntem wie Mozarts Violinkonzerten jenes Quantum Glück herauskitzelt, das man sich seit David Oistrakh so oft erhofft hat.” ←
– Süddeutsche Zeitung , 17/02/2015
“Throughout the performance the violinist was in full command of the piece’s sawing and darting passages. His tone, in the…” →“Throughout the performance the violinist was in full command of the piece’s sawing and darting passages. His tone, in the process, displayed a variety of colors, from dusky low notes to high phrases laced in silver. The second movement of the concerto is one of Bartók’s most beautiful passages. There, Zimmermann found the hints of yearning romanticism, unwinding the line with a singing tone that was answered with soft a blanket of sound by the BSO strings. The quicker section moved with a fittingly awkward, impish gate, and the third movement moved with an off-kilter lilt. The violinist’s gnarly runs, there, took on a fiery energy. Zimmermann’s blazing encore, Ernst Schliephake’s transcription of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5, put a finishing touch on a thoroughly dramatic performance.” ←
– Boston Classical Review, 14/10/2016