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.
The international career of Spanish pianist Javier Perianes has led him to perform in the most prestigious concert halls, with the world’s top orchestras, collaborating with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel, Sakari Oramo, Yuri Temirkanov, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Long Yu, Simone Young, Vladimir Jurowski, Josep Pons, David Afkham and Daniel Harding, and appearing at festivals such as BBC Proms, Mainly Mozart, Lucerne, La Roque d’Anthéron, Grafenegg, San Sebastian, Granada and Ravinia. Described by The Telegraph as “a pianist of impeccable and refined tastes, blessed with a warmth of touch”, Javier Perianes was awarded the ‘National Music Prize’ in 2012 by the Ministry of Culture of Spain and is International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) ‘Artist of the Year 2019’.
In the 2018–19 season, Perianes returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra to perform a Beethoven Cycle over two consecutive evenings at the Royal Festival Hall after a Spanish tour with conductor Juanjo Mena. He will also perform Beethoven on tours in Australia and New Zealand, as well as touring the United States performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, culminating with a return to Carnegie Hall in New York.
In addition to Mozart and Beethoven, this season Perianes performs works by Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Grieg, Falla and Bartók with orchestras such as Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Marin Alsop, Toronto Symphony with Han-na Chang, Orchestre de Paris and Bergen Philharmonic with Klaus Mäkelä, St. Louis Symphony and Gustavo Gimeno, San Francisco Symphony and Pablo Heras-Casado, Milwaukee Symphony with Matthias Pintscher, Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Antonio Méndez, Gävle Symphony with Jaime Martín in Sweden and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Tampere Philharmonic with Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the BBC Scottish with Thomas Dausgaard, and the Czech Philharmonic with Louis Langrée in his return to the Prague Spring Festival.
In recital, Javier Perianes undertakes an extensive European tour that will bring him to cities such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Oslo, Lisbon, Istanbul, Essen, Barcelona and Madrid, with a program comprising works by Chopin, Debussy and Falla.
Perianes is also a natural and keen chamber musician and plays with a variety of partners. Last season saw him once again collaborate with artists such as Tabea Zimmermann at the National Auditorium in Madrid and the Beethoven Haus in Bonn, and the Quiroga Quartet on a tour of Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as recording Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano for harmonia mundi in his first collaboration with Jean-Guihen Queyras.
Previous seasons’ highlights include concerts with the Wiener Philhamoniker, Royal Concertgebouw, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, Oslo, London, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Danish National, Washington National, Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian Radio Orchestras, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.
Recording exclusively for harmonia mundi, Perianes has developed a diverse discography ranging from Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Grieg, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel and Bartók to Blasco de Nebra, Mompou, Falla, Granados and Turina. His recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto and a selection of Lyric Pieces was described as “a new benchmark” by Classica, which awarded it a ‘Choc’; it was also Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and Maestro in Pianiste magazine. His “elegant survey” and “brilliant performance” (New York Times) of Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words also awarded him the ‘Choc’ by Classica and his inclusion in the ‘Top 10 Mendelssohn recordings’ by Gramophone magazine. His recording of Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain and selected solo works also received Classica’s ‘Choc’ and Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, in addition to a Latin Grammy Nomination. His latest albums include the sonatas D.960 and D.664 by Franz Schubert, described as “a true lyric gift” (Gramophone), and the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Béla Bartók with the Münchner Philharmoniker and Pablo Heras-Casado.