Verbier Festival
Antoine Tamestit
Viola

Antoine TAMESTIT was born in 1979 and studied with Jean Sulem at the Paris Conservatoire, at Yale University (USA) with Jesse Levine and the Tokyo String Quartet, and with Tabea ZIMMERMANN in Berlin. He won First Prize at the Maurice Vieux Competition (Paris, 2000), at the William Primrose Competition (Chicago, 2001), at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions (2003), at the 53rd ARD Munich International Music Competition (as well as the Audience Prize and two special Prizes), and was selected to participate in BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme and the ECHO’s Rising Stars programme. He is “Revelation de l’Année” by the French Victoires de la Musique 2007 and one of the winners of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2006, as well as laureate of the Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk and of the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2008.

His repertoire ranges from the baroque period to the contemporary. His particular interest for the music of our time has led him to meet many composers, and to perform numerous world premieres. With Tabea Zimmermann, he recorded the piece Viola, Viola by George BENJAMIN for the label Nimbus. He premiered with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Liege Orchestra and the WDR Cologne a Concerto for two violas by Bruno Mantovani written Tabea Zimmermann and him. The composer Olga Neuwirth wrote for him a concerto premiered in Berlin (DSO Berlin), Graz and Vienna (Vienna Radio Orchestra) and Paris.

A passionate chamber musician, he performs with artists such as Gidon KREMER, Daishin KASHIMOTO, Emmanuel PAHUD, Mischa MAISKY, Jean-Guihen QUEYRAS, Renaud and Gautier CAPUÇON, Nicholas ANGELICH, Frank BRALEY, Isabelle FAUST, Leif Ove Andsnes, Leonids KAVAKOS, Natalia GUTMAN, the Ebene and Hagen Quartets. He is invited by the most prestigious festivals: Lockenhaus, Kronberg, Moritzburg, Rheingau, Schwarzenberg, Davos, Lucerne, Salzburg, Santander, Jérusalem, New York Mostly Mozart Festival, Salzbourg, Edimbourg, Stavanger as well as the Folles Journées in France and Japan. He is a member of the “Trio Zimmermann” with Frank Peter ZIMMERMANN and Christian POLTERA.

In recital, he played in the most prestigious halls such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Musikverein, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, Megaron in Athens, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Konserthus in Stockholm, Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden or the Cité de la Musique de Paris, and the New York’s Lincoln Center.

As a soloist, Antoine Tamestit performed with the BBC Philharmonic, the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Francfort, Saarbruck, Stuttgart, Liège, Lyon, Toulouse orchestras, Warsaw Philharmonic, Berliner Symphoniker, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Marek Janowski, Netherlands Philharmonic, Rotterdam Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with Paavo Järvi, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Myung-Whun Chung. After his debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Riccardo Muti in 2008, he joins again the orchestra at the Lucerne and Bucarest Festivals in 2011. He recently made his debuts in concerto in New York at the Mostly Mozart Festival.

He recorded several albums : Bach & Ligeti in solo recital, Schnittke’s concerto with the Warsaw orchestra and D. Kitajenko, a Schubert recital with Sandrine Piau, and most recently Berlioz’ Harold in Italy under the direction of Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble (Naïve). Last release: Bach Suites (Naïve). He also joined Christian Teztlaff, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Alois Posch and Martin Helmchen for Schubert Trout (Pentaton), Renaud Capuçon for Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Louis Langrée and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Virgin), the Fauré quartets with Trio Wanderer (Harmonia Mundi). Also available : two discs with Trio Zimmermann: Mozart and Beethoven (BIS).

Antoine TAMESTIT teaches at the Cologne Musikhochschule. He plays on a viola made by Stradivarius in 1672, lent by the Habisreutinger Foundation.