“Mr. Zimmermann played with lean yet gleaming sound and melancholic beauty. As the theme turned
agitated, he summoned thick, pulsing tone, even while dispatching bursts of notes with crackling energy.”
New York Times - 27 February 2015
“Zimmermann’s poise, sweet expression and unforced athleticism were a constant pleasure, and the
ruminative approach into the first-movement cadenza was dovetailing par excellence. Best of all was the
relaxed approach to the finale, normally rushed off its feet, but here mercurial and shapely.”
classicalsource.com - 2 October 2014
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 will begin 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 will give 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
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, both under Daniel Harding and with the New York
Philharmonic and 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/
Highlights for the season 2014/15 include(d) 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 Dohnanyi, 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.
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.