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Frank Peter Zimmermann

Frank Peter Zimmermann is widely regarded as one of the foremost 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.

He began the 2015/16 season with concerts with his string trio, the Trio Zimmermann, at the Festivals of Salzburg and Edinburgh and at Schloß Elmau. Later in the season the Trio undertakes a major European tour with concerts in among others Vienna, Munich, Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona and Hamburg. In December 2015, he gave the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s violin concerto no. 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden. Further performances of this new concerto are scheduled with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, both under Daniel Harding and with the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, both under Alan Gilbert. Further highlights include engagements with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Jakub Hrůša, the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst, the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Kirill Petrenko and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden. He will join the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER and David Afkham for their Easter tour in March/April 2016.

Highlights for the season 2014/15 included Beethoven recitals with Christian Zacharias at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals, engagements with the New York Philharmonic and Sakari Oramo, the Boston Symphony and Juanjo Mena, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, both under Mariss Jansons, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Donald Runnicles, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Christoph von Dohnányi, and a tour with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy and Karl-Heinz Steffens.
Also as chamber musician and recitalist, Frank Peter Zimmermann gives numerous concerts, mostly in Europe. His interpretations of the classical, romantic and 20th Century repertoire are received with great critical acclaim from press and public alike. His regular recital partners are pianists Enrico Pace, Emanuel Ax, Christian Zacharias, and Piotr Anderzewski.

Together with viola player Antoine Tamestit and cellist Christian Poltéra he forms the Trio Zimmermann; the string trio performs in all major music centres and festivals in Europe. BIS Records released three  award-winning CD recordings of works for string trio by Beethoven (Op. 3, Op. 8, and Op. 9), Mozart (Divertimento KV 563) and Schubert (Trio D 471). Frank Peter Zimmermann has given world premieres of three violin concertos: 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, Ondine, Teldec Classics, and ECM Records. He has recorded virtually all major concerto repertoire, ranging from Bach to Ligeti, as well as many works from the recital repertoire. Many of these recordings have received prestigious awards and prizes worldwide. In 2014, his second recording of the Dvořák violin concerto was released by Decca as part of the complete symphonies and concertos with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek.

February 2015 saw the release on hänssler Classic of his new recording of the violin concertos nos. 1, 3 and 4 of Mozart with the Kammerorchester des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks. In 2013, BIS released his highly praised recording of the Hindemith violin concerto (1939), which he performs with the hr-Sinfonieorchester under Paavo Järvi, and of four sonatas by the same composer (three of which together with pianist Enrico Pace), as well as a recording of the violin concerto "The Lost Art of Letter Writing" by Brett Dean, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Nott.

Frank Peter Zimmermann is on tour with the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER for the third time, after the Easter Tour 1996 with Bernard Haitink and the Summer Tour 2012 under the direction of Daniele Gatti.

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