Antoine Tamestit gives first concert as Artist in Residence of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Antoine Tamestit gives his first performance as Artist in Residence of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra on 26 October 2017, performing the Jörg Widmann Viola Concerto under the baton of Christian Vasquez. The concerto was written for Tamestit, who recently gave an acclaimed UK permiere with the CBSO and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla at the Snape Proms:
"Antoine Tamestit [was] amazingly deft in the UK premiere of Jörg Widmann’s playfully theatrical Viola Concerto... He reached the conventional soloist’s spot only in the romantic coda — the final resting place of a musical kaleidoscope crammed with crazy pizzicato effects and an orchestra spangled with instrumental oddities, from water tam-tam to the slithering contrabassoon. An impish delight, this, brilliantly dispatched."
As part of his residency in Stavanger, Tamestit performs in recital, giving a masterclass, directing the orchestra from the viola, and performing the Walton viola concerto with Andris Poga.
Antoine Tamestit performs Harold in Italy in debut tour of Australasia
Antoine Tamestit gives his debut performances in Australia and New Zealand this month, beginning his tour of the two countries with the Queensland Symphony on 23 September 2017.
Tamestit performs Berlioz Harold in Italy throughout the tour, performing with Andre de Ridder and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra on 29 September before travelling to New Zealand for concerts with James Judd in Wellington on 6 October, Christchurch on 11 October and Auckland on 13 October.
Tamestit recorded Harold in Italy with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra in 2015:
“These are vividly coloured, gripping live performances. Antoine Tamestit’s viola offers silky sound in the Byron-inspired symphony Harold en Italie.”
“The best of the three performances came last. Antoine Tamestit, the viola soloist, brought a strong, forthright personality to the hero of Harold en Italie.”
Antoine Tamestit performs Jörg Widmann Viola Concerto with Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Antoine Tamestit joins the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Michael Sanderling on 14 September to perform Jörg Widmann Viola Concerto. The concerto was composed for Tamestit and premiered with the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi in 2015. He recently gave the UK premiere of the concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla at the Snape Proms in Aldeburgh:
“Antoine Tamestit [was] amazingly deft in the UK premiere of Jörg Widmann’s playfully theatrical Viola Concerto... He reached the conventional soloist’s spot only in the romantic coda — the final resting place of a musical kaleidoscope crammed with crazy pizzicato effects and an orchestra spangled with instrumental oddities, from water tam-tam to the slithering contrabassoon. An impish delight, this, brilliantly dispatched.”
Click here to watch a clip from the concerto's 2015 world premiere.
Tamestit performs the concerto on several occasions this season: with the Stavanger Symphnoy in October 2017, Finnish Radio Symphony in November, Frankfurt Radio in January 2018 and on tour with the Orchestre de Paris in February. He gives further performances of the piece with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra on 15 and 17 September.
Antony Hermus conducts finale of Robeco SummerNights at the Concertgebouw
Antony Hermus returns to the Concertgebouw on 31 August 2017 to conduct the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the final concert of the Robeco SummerNights festival.
‘Last of the Summernights’ features a varied programme of orchestral works by composers including Copland, Ravel and Tchaikovsky, as well as overtures and arias from operas by Mozart, Rossini and Bizet. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by soloists including violinist Nemanja Radulovic and mezzo-soprano Karin Strobos.
Antoine Tamestit performs with Trio Zimmermann at the Edinburgh & Salzburg Festivals
Antoine Tamestit, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Poltéra reunited for two performances as Trio Zimmermann this month, starting with a return to the Edinburgh Festival on 23 August 2017. The trio performs Schoenberg String Trio and an arrangement of Bach Goldberg Variations at the Queen's Hall.
The trio then travel to Salzburg for a recital of the same programme on 24 August. They gave a critically acclaimed performance of the Schoenberg String Trio in a previous appearance at the Edinburgh Festival:
“As a trio… they have caused something of a stir of late, largely because their musicianship is exceptional, but also, one suspects, due to the fact that they have refocused attention on the string trio as a genre… It would be hard to imagine [Schoenberg's String Trio] being better done or to find its emotional world explored with more remorseless exactitude.”
5 stars, Guardian
Antoine Tamestit returns to Verbier Festival
Antoine Tamestit ends the month with a return to the Verbier Festival, beginning with a chamber recital at the Salle des Combins on 30 July 2017. The recital features string quartets and quintets by Mozart, Fauré and Dvořák and a line up of violinists Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Roman Simović, cellist Misha Maisky and pianist Evgeny Kissin.
Tamestit performs again on 3 August, this time at the Église de Verbier. He joins Leonidas Kavakos, Mischa Maisky and Nikolaï Lugansky in performances of Brahms Viola Sonata No.2 in E flat major and Piano Quartet No.3.
Tamestit returns to Verbier Festival not only as a performer: once again, he joins the Verbier Festival Academy Faculty, working with musicians to encourage ‘an interdisciplinary approach which opens horizons for curious, emerging professional concert artists’ (Verbier Festival).
Antoine Tamestit gives UK premiere of Jörg Widmann Viola Concerto at the Aldeburgh Festival
Antoine Tamestit joins the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and their Chief Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla at the Aldebugh Festival on 17 June 2017 to give the UK premiere of the Jörg Widmann Viola Concerto.
Widmann’s Viola Concerto was composed for Tamestit, and he premiered it with the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi in 2015. He has since performed the concerto with the Swedish Radio and Bavarian Radio orchestras conducted by Daniel Harding, and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joshua Weilerstein.
"One of the most gifted french musicians of the era… The work is made to measure for Tamestit, his style of playing, his tone, his personality."
Click here to watch a clip from the world premiere of the Widmann Viola Concerto.
Antoine Tamestit performs in recital at Wigmore Hall with Cedric Tiberghien
Antoine Tamestit returns to London this month for a recital at Wigmore Hall with Cedric Tiberghien on 12 June 2017. Tamestit collaborated with Tiberghien for his latest recording, Bel Canto, released earlier this year. Together they perform a programme drawn from the recording, which features works by Berg, Brahms, Berg and Vieuxtemps.
Bel Canto was released to great acclaim, with critics praising Tamestit and Tiberghien's interpretations:
"Tamestit – carefully supported by Cedric Tiberghien’s considerate pianism – draws a veritable rainbow of colours from the Strad’s sonorous C string... The CD’s bel canto theme comes full circle with Mazas’s Le songe...its idiomatic writing brings out the best in Tamestit, the lyric tenor."
Star Recording, The Strad
"[Tamestit] creates lines that would leave some of his colleagues out of breath. The sound fizzes and flows until it filled the room... he creates magic with a huge breadth of colours and wonderfully warm viola tone."
Tamestit and Tiberghien travel to Dublin, where they perform a similar programme at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival on 14 June.
Antoine Tamestit returns to the Leipzig Gewandhaus with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Antoine Tamestit returns to the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra on 5 and 7 May 2017, when he joins the orchestra and Karl-Heinz Steffens at the Theater Erfurt and Leipzig Gewandhaus for performances of Schnittke Monologue for viola and strings.
Tamestit has recorded another of Schittke’s works for the viola, the Concerto, about which the Strad wrote:
“Tamestit exhibits an amazingly wide sound palette, which however never descends into mere noise, even in the wildest Schnittkean excesses. His vibrato is beautifully varied, reflecting the changing moods and harmonies even within a single sustained note.”
Tamestit then heads to Sweden to make his debut with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra on 19 May, performing Berlioz Harold in Italy under the baton of Jaime Martín.
Antoine Tamestit & Joshua Weilerstein give Danish premiere of Jörg Widmann Viola Concerto with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Antoine Tamestit and Joshua Weilerstein travel to Copenhagen to give the Danish premiere of Jörg Widmann Viola Concerto with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 27 April 2017. Widmann composed the concerto for Tamestit, who gave a critically-acclaimed world premiere in 2015 with the Orchestre de Paris:
"One of the most gifted french musicians of the era… The work is made to measure for Tamestit, his style of playing, his tone, his personality."
In addition to the concerto, Weilerstein conducts Shostakovich Hamlet Suite and Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances.
Antoine Tamestit performs Bartók with the London Symphony Orchestra in London & Vienna
Antoine Tamestit returns to the London Symphony Orchestra on 23 April 2017 to perform the Bartók Viola Concerto, conducted by François-Xavier Roth. The concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Tamestit and the orchestra then travel to Vienna for a performance at the Wiener Konzerthaus the following day.
Tamestit then joins fellow Intermusica artist Joshua Weilerstein in Copenhagen for a performance of Jörg Widmann Viola Concerto with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 27 April. This concerto was composed for Tamestit and premiered by the Orchestre de Paris in October 2015, when Le Figaro wrote:
“One of the most gifted French musicians of the era… The work is made to measure for Tamestit, his style of playing, his tone, his personality.”
Antoine Tamestit returns to New York for solo recital at The Frick
Antoine Tamestit returns to New York this month for a solo recital at The Frick on 9 April 2017. Tamestit performs a programme of Biber, Ligeti, Bach, Telemann and Reger, and the recital will be broadcast on WQXR.
Before his recital, Tamestit also returns to Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music for a series of masterclasses, including one public masterclass, between the 6 and 8 April.
Tamestit then returns to London to perform Bartók Viola Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and François-Xavier Roth on 23 April.
Antoine Tamestit performs in recital with Cedric Tiberghien at Konzerthaus Berlin
Antoine Tamestit and Cédric Tiberghien perform in recital at the Konzerthaus Berlin on 21 March 2017, following a concert in Arnhem the previous day. Tamestit and Tiberghien perform a programme of works by Fauré, Paganini, Brahms, Vieuxtemps and Berg.
Two works from the programme, Viola Sonata in B-flat major and Capriccio 'Hommage à Paganini' by Vieuxtemps, feature on Tamestit and Tiberghien's recording Bel Canto, which was released by Harmonia Mundi in February this year.
Click here to watch Tamestit and Tiberghien perform Vieuxtemps and Liszt at the Auditorium de Louvre in Paris, recorded in 2015.
Antoine Tamestit performs Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Antoine Tamestit returns to London on 16 March 2017 to perform Mozart Sinfonia Concertante at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Tamestit performs the piece alongside violinist Veronika Eberle, with direction from Vladimir Ashkenazy. The concert is preceded by a performance at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, on 15 March.
Tamestit and Eberle last performed the Sinfonia Concertante with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in an acclaimed performance in 2014:
“Violinist Veronika Eberle and viola player Antoine Tamestit produced a chain of exquisitely dovetailed, conversational phrases with period-inflected bowing and octaves of exhilarating purity.”
Intermusica artists at the 2017 Verbier Festival
Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2017 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. See all the performance times, dates and venues below:
Also performing at the Église on 22 July is the Pavel Haas Quartet. At 8pm they are joined by pianist Barry Douglas for a performance of Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor and Beethoven String Quartet No.
Richard Goode, Renaud Capuçon and Edgar Moreau appear at the Église at 8pm on 24 July to perform Brahms Piano Trio No.2. In the second half of the recital, Capuçon and Moreau are joined by Lahav Shani, Maxim Rysanov and Leigh Mesh for a performance of Schubert Piano Quintet in A major 'The Trout'.
The Pavel Haas Quartet makes its second appearance at the festival on 25 July, performing in recital at the Église at 11am. The quartet presents a programme of quartets by Martinů and Smetana as well as Dvořák String Quintet No.3, for which they are joined by the quartet's friend and former colleague Pavel Nikl.
Lahav Shani then conducts the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 25 July, leading a programme of Mozart Il nozze di Figaro Overture, Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with soloist Daniel Lozakovich and Schubert Symphony No.9.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, makes its festival debut this year, performing at the Église at 8pm on 26 July. They give a concert of works by Duruflé, Tomkins, Byrd and Poulence among others.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Junior Orchestra at 4pm at the Salle des Combins on 27 July. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Fauré Elegie for Cello and Orchestra with Edgar Moreau followed by Bruch Kol Nidrei and Dvořák Symphony No.6.
Richard Goode makes his second appearance at the festival, performing a programme of Mozart, Janáček, Debussy and Beethoven at the Église at 11am on 29 July.
Joshua Weilerstein is joined by George Li at the Salle des Combins at 4pm on 29 July for a concert with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. Li performs Liszt Piano Concerto No.1, with Weilerstein then conducting Dvořák Symphony No.6.
Kirill Gerstein and Sergei Babayan join Yuja Wang and the Verber Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 29 July for a performance of Bach concertos under the direction of Roberto Gonzáles-Monjas.
At 11am on 30 July, Kirill Gerstein is joined by Truls Mørk to perform sonatas by Brahms, Janáček and Prokofiev at the Église.
In the evening of 30 July, Antoine Tamestit and Mischa Maisky appear at the Salle des Combins alongside Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Roman Simović and Evgeny Kissin. They perform a programme of Mozart String Quartet No.1, Fauré String Quartet No.1 and Dvořák Piano Quintet No.2.
On 31 July, George Li performs a solo recital of Beethoven and Liszt at 11am at the Église.
Joshua Weilerstein joins Martin Frost and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins on 31 July at 7pm. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Copland, Lutoslawski, Shaw and Prokofiev.
On 1 August at 11am, Tamestit joins Roberto González-Monjas, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Pablo Ferrández, Lukas Geniušas & Yuja Wang to perform works by Schubert, Beethoven & Brahms.
Tamestit and Maisky reunite at the Église at 8pm on 3 August, this time performing Brahms Piano Quartet No.3 with Nikolai Lugansky. Tamestit also performs Brahms Sonata for Viola and Piano with Lugansky, while Maisky and Lugansky play the composer's Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in an arrangement for cello and piano by Paul Klengel.
On 5 August at the Salle des Combins at 7pm, James Ehnes, Antoine Tamestit, Mischa Maisky, Pamela Frank, Roman Simović, Pablo Ferrández, Martin Fröst, Nikolai Lugansky, Yuja Wang, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Antonio Pappano will join forces for an evening celebrating friendship and musical excellence.
Antoine Tamestit plays Bartók in return to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Antoine Tamestit travels to Sweden to perform the Bartók Viola Concerto with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra on 26 and 28 January 2017.
The Bartók concerto is a regular feature of Tamestit's season, and he has already performed the work with the Staatsorchester Darmstadt, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice in October and Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine in November.
While in Stockholm, Tamestit also performs at the Stockholm Concert Hall on 23 January with Zilliacus Persson Raitinen String Trio, presenting a programme of Hungarian repertoire. The programme features Erzsébet Szőnyi Duo for Violin and Viola, Ligeti Sonata for Solo Viola, and György Kurtág Signs, Games and Messages for Solo Viola.
Antoine Tamestit makes play-direct debut with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris
Antoine Tamestit play-directs the Orchestra de Chambre de Paris for the first time this month, performing with the orchestra at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 17 January 2017. Tamestit play-directs the orchestra in a programme of Mozart Symphony No.4, Schnittke Monologue for viola and orchestra, Telemann Concerto for viola and orchestra in G major and Mozart Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola, and orchestra.
Earlier in the month Tamestit also performs with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana on 12 January, performing Martinů Rhapsody Concerto for viola and orchestra at Lugano Arte e Cultura.
Antoine Tamestit tours Europe with Trio Zimmermann
Antoine Tamestit joins Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Poltéra, fellow members of Trio Zimmermann, for a European tour performing Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s arrangement of Bach Goldberg Variations from 12 December 2016. The tour begins in Graz on 12 December and then visits Zürich, Luxembourg, Warsae, Dortmund, Amsterdam, finishing in Milan on 19 December.
The trio, established in 2007, tours regularly with performances at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals. When the trio performed together at the Edinburgh Festival in 2012, the Guardian wrote that “[Trio Zimmermann] have caused something of a stir of late, largely because their musicianship is exceptional, but also due to the fact that they have refocused attention on the string trio as a genre”, and that the trio played Schoenberg’s complex late String Trio “as if it were the easiest thing in the world.”
Prior to this, Tamestit appears at the Berliner Philharmonie with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Fabien Gabel, performing Berlioz Harold en Italie.
Antoine Tamestit performs Bach & Schnittke in return to Japan
Antoine Tamestit closes November with a return to Japan, starting with a solo recital at Musashino Civic Cultural Hall on 28 November 2016. Tamestit performs a programme of Bach Cello Suites No.3, No.1 and No.2 (transposed for viola), which he repeats at Toppan Hall in Tokyo on 1 December. The following day he joins the Minato Mirai Orchestra at Yokohama's Minato Mirai Hall for a performance of Schnittke Monologue for Viola and Strings.
Tamestit is a regular performer in Japan and is co-Artistic Director of the Festival Viola Space, where he performed and gave masterclasses in May. He later returned to the country in October for the 10th anniversary of the Le Pont International Music Festival. Click here for a gallery of photos from his visit to the festival.
Antoine Tamestit performs Bartók with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine
Antoine Tamestit joins the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and conductor Sascha Goetzel for a performance of Bartók Viola Concerto at the Opéra National de Bordeaux on 24 November 2016.
Bartok’s viola concerto features strongly in Tamestit’s 2016/17 season, Tamestit having already performed it with the Staatsorchester Darmstadt and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice in October. He gives further performances this season with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in January, Netherlands Philharmonic in March and London Symphony Orchestra in London and Vienna in April.
Antoine Tamestit returns to Japan for the Le Pont International Music Festival
Antoine Tamestit returns to Japan this month to perform at the Le Pont International Music Festival at Tokyo's Suntory Hall on 17 October 2016. Tamestit joins performers including Boris Brovtsyn, Emmanuel Pahud, Alessio Bax and Andreas Ottensamer for a programme of Mozart, Glinka, Schoenberg, Martinu and Brahms.
Tamestit performs regularly in Japan, where he is co-Artistic Director of the Festival Viola Space. Founded in 1992 by Nobuko Imai, the festival and competition celebrates the instrument and encourages young musicians in their careers.
Antoine Tamestit performs Bartók in Germany and Poland
This month Antoine Tamestit performs Bartók Viola Concerto with the Staatsorchester Darmstadt and conductor Will Humburg on 2 and 3 October, and with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice and Alexander Liebreich on 6 October 2016.
The Bartók Viola Concerto features regularly for Tamestit this season, with performances with Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine in November, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in January, Netherlands Philharmonic in March and London Symphony Orchestra in London and Vienna in April.
Antoine Tamestit continues Kurtág series with Pierre-Laurent Aimard & Mark Simpson in Cologne and Strasbourg
Antoine Tamestit, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Mark Simpson continue their Kurtág recital series this month with performances at the Philharmonie, Cologne and Festival Musica in Strasbourg on 21 and 25 September 2016.
The programme features works by Kurtág and Schumann alongside Marco Stroppa’s Hommage à Gy. K and Simpson’s own Hommage à Kurtág.
The trio previously performed their Hommage to Kurtág programme at the Edinburgh and Salzburg Festivals in August, with the Guardian praising their "terrifically committed” performances at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh.
Antoine Tamestit celebrates György Kurtág's 90th birthday at the Edinburgh & Salzburg Festivals
Antoine Tamestit celebrates the 90th birthday of Hungarian composer György Kurtág with performances at the Edinburgh International Festival and Salzburg Festival on 12 and 14 August 2016.
He joins Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Mark Simpson to perform works by Kurtág and Schumann as well as Marco Stroppa’s Hommage à Gy. K and the world premiere of Simpson’s own Hommage à Kurtág.
The performances take place at The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh on 12 August and Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg on 14 August. The trio reforms in September to perform again in Cologne and Strasbourg.
Antoine Tamestit returns to Japan for performances and masterclasses
Antoine Tamestit returns to Japan this month for the Festival Viola Space, where he is co-artistic director, from 22 May 2016. Founded in 1992 by Nobuko Imai, the festival and competition celebrates the instrument and encourages young artists. From 22 May until 1 June, Tamestit performs concerts and leads masterclasses in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo.
This year’s festival features baroque music and the birth of the viola, also including Viola D'Amore, Viola Da Gamba and the Viola Da Spalla.
Tamestit’s time in Japan begins with a private meeting and playing session with Crown Prince Naruhito. Following that, he leads masterclasses at Soai University in Osaka on 24 May, Aichi University of Arts in Nagoya on 26 May and Ueno Gakuen University in Tokyo on 28 May.
In performance, Tamestit plays works by Biberm Leclair, Marais, Telemann and Bach at Phoenix Hall near Osaka on 25 May, Denki Bunka Kaikan in Nagoya on 27 May and at Ueno Gakuen University in Tokyo on 31 May and 1 June.
Antoine Tamestit performs Martinů Rhapsody with Gilbert Varga in Taipei
Antoine Tamestit travels to Taiwan this month to join Gilbert Varga and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Martinů Rhapsody on 21 May 2016.
Tamestit performed the concerto with L'Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in 2014:
“Antoine Tamestit has once again demonstrated the scale of his talent. Creating a sound which was bronzed yet capable of infinite gentleness, he particularly shone in the cadences reserved for him alone. The panting dash that following the ecstatic calm of the Molto adagio was breathtaking”.
Following his performance in Taipei, Tamestit travels to Japan for the Viola Space Festival.
Antoine Tamestit: On tour in North America
In April, Antoine Tamestit embarked on a tour of North America, performing works by Bach, Brahms and Schumann in recital in Denver, Montreal, Quebec and at Kennedy Center, Washington DC. In addition to his performances, Tamestit gave masterclasses at Yale, the Curtis Institute and Manhattan School of Music.
"Tamestit concluded with Bach’s second violin partita. Transposed down a fifth from where Bach wrote it for violin, the piece has even more weight and solemnity on the viola, especially the gorgeous final chaconne. An encore of the fourth movement from Hindemith’s solo viola sonata (Op. 25/1) buzzed with energy."
"Antoine Tamestit has something of the Pied Piper of the Brothers Grimm about him: he captivates audiences and, when his instrument sings, could convince them to follow to the end of the world... After the main program, Tamestit and pianist Shai Wosner played two pieces inspired by the song of the nightingale, one by Mahler and one by Brahms. Two beautiful and sad songs, driven by unfulfilled love and the memories that torment and beautifully interpreted."
Antoine Tamestit: Chamber recitals at the Concertgebouw & Wigmore Hall
Antoine Tamestit joins Lisa Batiashvili, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Jonathan Biss for two performances at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, on 13 May and Wigmore Hall, London, on 17 May 2016.
They perform a programme of Martinů Duo No.1 for Violin and Cello and R. Schumann 3 Romances, Märchenbilder and Piano Quartet in E-flat major.
Tamestit recently appeared at Wigmore Hall alongside Colin Currie in a celebration of Hungarian music, receiving great praise for his performance:
"In the hands of Antoine Tamestit, his 1672 Stradivarius made the music [Ligeti]’s dusky warmth utterly mesmerising."
"Antoine Tamestit was the soloist [in Ligeti's Viola Sonata], producing the richest, most gorgeous sounds from his Stradivarius, particularly in the opening movement, which is confined to the viola’s C string, and dispatching its perpetuum mobile fourth movement with insouciant ease."
Antoine Tamestit embarks on North American recital tour
Antoine Tamestit embarks on a North American recital and masterclass tour this month, starting at with a performance of Tamestit's own arrangement of Bach Cello Suites at Millersville University of Pennsylvania on 22 April 2016. He performs the same programme at Kennedy Center, Washington DC, on 24 April 2016. Before the first recital, Tamestit gives masterclasses at Yale (18 April), Curtis Institute (19 April) and Manhatten School of Music (20 April).
Tamestit is then joined by pianist Shai Wosner for recitals of works by Brahms and Schumann in Denver (27 April), Montreal (28 April) and Quebec (30 April).
Antoine Tamestit & Colin Currie join Hungarian celebration at Wigmore Hall
Antoine Tamestit and Colin Currie return to London on 19 March 2016 join a stellar line-up in a celebration of Hungarian composers at Wigmore Hall, London. Tamestit performs Kurtag Hommage to Robert Schumann with Matthew Hunt and Cédric Tiberghien, as well as Ligeti Sonata for Solo Viola.
Colin Currie performs Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with Cédric Tiberghien, François-Frédéric Guy and Sam Walton, a regular collaborator with Currie in the Colin Currie Group. The foursome completes the programme with the Bartók’s pioneering Sonata, which Currie and Walton recently performed at the Edinburgh International Festival to critical acclaim.
Antoine Tamestit gives German premiere of Jörg Widmann Viola Concerto
Antoine Tamestit continues his series of premieres of Jörg Widmann Viola Concerto by giving the first German performance of the work with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks on 3 and 4 March 2016. The concerts are conducted by Daniel Harding, who conducted the Swedish premiere of the concerto with Tamestit and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in November 2015.
The performance on 3 March will broadcast live on BR-Klassik Radio and will be available to listen online afterwards.
Tamestit gave the world premiere of the piece, which is dedicated to him by Widmann, with the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi in October 2015. Click here to see Tamestit discuss the concerto (in French).
Antoine Tamestit: European quartet tour with Veronika Eberle, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker and Martin Helmchen
From 11 February 2016, Antoine Tamestit forms a quartet with Veronika Eberle, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker and Martin Helmchen for concerts at the Laeizhalle, Hamburg, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and the Tonhalle, Zurich. The programme for the tour features Piano Quartets by Mozart, Dvorak and Brahms.
Antoine Tamestit returns to Czech Philharmonic for Martinů Rhapsody-Concerto
Antoine Tamestit returns to the Czech Philharmonic on 23 January 2016 to perform Martinů Rhapsody-Concerto conducted by Alexander Shelley at the Rudolfinum, Prague.
Earlier this season Tamestit and the Czech Philharmonic took the same concerto on tour with conductor Jiří Bělohlávek, performing in Budapest, Graz and Innsbruck. Click here to see images from the tour.
Antoine Tamestit gives world premiere performance of Jorg Widmann Viola Concerto with Orchestre de Paris
Antoine Tamestit gives the world premiere of Jorg Widmann’s Viola Concerto in Paris on 28 October 2015, alongside Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi.
The new concerto, composed for Tamestit, is a joint commission with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Symphonieorchester des Bayernischen Rundfunks. Tamestit will perform the concerto with both orchestras in November and February respectively, with conductor Daniel Harding.
Antoine Tamestit makes debut with Tonhalle Orchester Zürich
Antoine Tamestit makes his debut with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich on 22 and 23 October 2015 when he performs Martinu’s Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
Tamestit also performs the Rhapsody-Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic later this season.
Antoine Tamestit: European tour with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Jonathan Nott
Antoine Tamestit joins the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Principal Conductor Jonathan Nott on their tour between 26 September and 5 October 2015, performing in Bamberg, Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Vienna and Berlin.
On tour the orchestra will perform Bruckner Symphony No. 9 in D minor and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Viola Concerto, which was composed in 1996 and is dedicated to Yuri Bashmat.
06.09.2015 / 8.00 p.m. Bamberg, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal
27.09.2015 / 8.00 p.m. Frankfurt, Alte Oper
28.09.2015 / 8.00 p.m. Ljubljana, The Grand Union Hall
30.09.2015 / 7.30 p.m. Wien, Musikverein
05.10.2015 / 8.00 p.m. Berlin, Philharmonie and broadcast live on the Digital Concert Hall
Antoine Tamestit: performances with Trio Zimmermann at Edinburgh and Salzburg Festivals
Antoine Tamestit joins the Trio Zimmermann, of which he has been a member since it was formed in 2007, for concerts at the Edinburgh and Salzburg Festivals and Schloss Elmau this August. The programme for all of the concerts includes Schubert’s String Trio in B-flat major D.581, Hindemith’s String Trio No. 2 and Beethoven’s String Trio No. 1 in E-flat major, Op.3.
When the trio performed together at the Edinburgh Festival in 2012, the Guardian wrote that “[Trio Zimmermann] have caused something of a stir of late, largely because their musicianship is exceptional, but also due to the fact that they have refocused attention on the string trio as a genre”, further commenting that the trio played Schoenberg’s complex late String Trio “as if it were the easiest thing in the world.”
Antoine Tamestit at Festival Viola Space
Antoine Tamestit appears at Festival Viola Space in Tokyo between 30 May and 7 June 2015, where he performs in two gala concerts and leads workshops for young violists. Founded in 1992 by distinguished violist Nobuko Imai, the festival and competition celebrates the instrument and encourages young artists.
On 4 and 5 June Tamestit performs Olga Neuwirth’s Weariness Heals Wounds for viola solo, Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and works by Telemann and Dvorak. Tamestit gave the premiere of Neuwirth’s Weariness Heals Wounds at Wigmore Hall, with Classical Source commenting that:
“Tamestit proved more than equal to its technical demands while relishing dramatic possibilities, telling a gripping story that surely convinced even those who may not have thought that ten or so minutes of gritty contemporary solo-viola music would be their cup of tea.”
Tamestit will also serve on the competition Jury, alongside Nobuko Imai, Hariolf Schlichtig, Pamela Frank and Ichiro Nodaira.
John Eliot Gardiner returns to Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk with Antoine Tamestit
Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to Munich to conduct two concerts at the Herkulessaal with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk on 21 and 22 May 2015. The orchestra will perform a programme of Schubert’s ‘Great’ Symphony in C major and Berlioz Harold in Italy with soloist Antoine Tamestit, and the first concert will be broadcast live on BR-Klassik radio.
Gardiner conducted the orchestra in a programme of Haydn, Mendelssohn and Bruckner in May 2014 at the Gasteig, when they were also joined by the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Watch the full concert here.
Antoine Tamestit & Francesco Piemontesi perform in trio with Jörg Widmann in Eindhoven & Hamburg
Antoine Tamestit and Francesco Piemontesi perform with Jörg Widmann at the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven on 15 April, and at Laeiszhalle Hamburg on 16 April. The trio regularly collaborate as chamber music partners and will perform a programme of works including Mozart, Schumann, Bruch, Kurtág and Widmann.
On 27 April Tamestit will return to London’s Wigmore Hall for a lunchtime concert which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. The programme includes two Bach Cello Suites which Antoine transcribed for Viola and recorded for Naïve in 2012, plus a new work by Olga Neuwirth.
“From the moment Tamestit pulls his bow in the Prelude or the G major Suite (No.1), the music lifts right off its feet in a way that is hard to hear as anything other than a perfect fit.”
Gramophone, June 2013
Antoine Tamestit performs on Grammy-winning recording
Antoine Tamestit features on the winner of Best Classical Solo Vocal Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards – Anne Sofie von Otter’s Douce France. Tamestit performs on the song version of Dance Macabre and two settings of Loeffler songs.
Douce France is a double CD of mélodies and chansons spanning over two centuries of French song. Tamestit’s performance was described as “bewitching” by Musicweb International when the recording was initially released.
Antoine Tamestit: Harold en Italie released on LSO Live
Antoine Tamestit’s latest recording, of Berlioz Harold en Italie, is released by LSO Live on 9 February. This performance of Harold en Italie was recorded live at a concert in November 2013 with the London Symphony Orchestra and its Principal Conductor, Valery Gergiev.
Tamestit said “Maestro Gergiev’s deep musicianship added the sort of instinctive passion one needs with Berlioz and especially with Harold en Italie. All of this was overwhelmingly inspiring for me and made these concerts and recordings a truly unique and unforgettable experience”.
Tamestit’s performance was highly praised, with the Financial Times writing “Antoine Tamestit, the viola soloist, brought a strong, forthright personality to the hero of Harold en Italie.”
Antoine Tamestit performs two late-night concerts at Mostly Mozart Festival
Antoine Tamestit travels to New York where he performs two intimate ‘A Little Night Music’ concerts at the Mostly Mozart Festival on 2 and 4 August.
Tamestit was so taken by Bach’s Cello Suites the first time he heard them as a young student, he briefly considered switching instrument to the cello. Instead, on 2 August he performs his own arrangement of two of these suites together with Hindemith’s Sonata for solo viola.
The second performance, on 4 August, sees Tamestit join Martin Fröst and Shai Wosner to perform Mozart’s Trio in E-flat major ‘Kegelstatt’.
Both concerts take place at New York's Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
Antoine Tamestit performs Wigmore Hall recital with Roger Vignoles
After a busy month including a Russian recital debut at the Mariinski Theatre as part of the Stars of the White Nights and performances of the two Brahms sextets with the Arcanto Quartet at the Aldeburgh Music Festival, Antoine Tamestit performs a recital supported by the Tertis Foundation at the Wigmore Hall on 1 July with Roger Vignoles.
Violist and pianist offer an English-French programme, with the rarely performed Henri Vieuxtemps Viola Sonata Op.36 and Rebecca Clarke Viola Sonata. The programme also includes Frank Bridge Pensero & Allegro Appassionato for viola and piano, and Tamestit’s own arrangement of Debussy Prelude La Fille au Cheveux de Lin.
Antoine Tamestit makes Russian debut at White Nights Festival
On 19 June, Antoine Tamestit makes his Russian debut with a recital at the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg as part of the annual Stars of the White Nights Festival.
Tamestit performs a programme of J.S. Bach Cello Suite No.1, Ligeti Hora Lunga, J.S Bach Cello Suite No.3, Hindemith Viola Sonata Op. 25 No.1 (fourth and fifth movements) and Bach Cello Suite No.5. The Stars of the White Nights Festival was created by Valery Gergiev, with whom Tamestit recently recorded Berlioz Harold en Italie for release next year on the LSO Live label.
Later in the month, Tamestit joins the Arcanto Quartet at the Aldeburgh festival for two concerts in which they perform the two Brahms Sextets on 26 and 28 June. The concert on 28 June also sees Tamestit and Tabea Zimmermann, violist of the Arcanto Quartet, perform George Benjamin’s Viola Viola.
Antoine Tamestit returns to Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Antoine Tamestit performs Schnittke’s Viola Concerto with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrés Orozco-Estrada in two concerts on 24 and 26 April. The concerto is one he has performed widely and also recorded for Naïve in 2008, with conductor Dimitrij Kitajenko and the Warsaw Philharmonic.
Also in April, Tamestit performs on tour in Europe with the Trio Zimmermann, beginning in Dortmund on 6 April and followed by concerts in Zurich, Berlin, Köln, Amsterdam, Aix-en-Provence, Geneva and Darmstadt. The Trio perform a programme of Beethoven String Trio No.1, Webern Langsamer Satz and Mozart Divertimento K.563.