Frank Peter Zimmermann

Frank Peter Zimmermann (c) Harald Hoffmann
Frank Peter Zimmermann (c) Harald Hoffmann

Born in 1965 in Duisburg, Germany, Frank Peter 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. He 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.

In the 2018/19 season Frank Peter Zimmermann is the "Capell Vituoso" (artist in residence) of the Staatskapelle Dresden. Highlights of this 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 Salzburg Easter Festival. Frank Peter 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.

Frank Peter Zimmermann has given four world premieres, most recently in 2015 of Magnus Lindberg’s Violin Concerto no. 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden 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).

Frank Peter Zimmermann received a number of 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 of the Federal Republic of Germany (2008) and the Paul-Hindemith-Preis of the City of Hanau (2010).

Frank Peter Zimmermann plays the Stradivari "Lady Inchiquin” from 1711, which is kindly provided by the arts foundation Kunst im Landesbesitz of the state North Rhine-Westphalia.

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