Frank Peter Zimmermann

Biography

Born: February 27, 1965; Duisburg, Germany  
From about the mid-'80s, Frank Peter Zimmermann has been recognized as one of the leading German violinists, not for the usual reasons alone -- formidable technical skills and interpretive acumen -- but also for his ability to adapt his style to accommodate the demands of a broad range of repertory, from J.S. Bach to contemporary composers. He has expressed a special love for the music of Mozart and Prokofiev, two composers of obviously disparate Read more styles whose works Zimmermann has performed to international acclaim. He has also played the standard concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, and Stravinsky, as well as solo and chamber works by Bach, Debussy, and Ysa˙e. In addition, Zimmermann has delved into more adventurous fare, taking on works by Ligeti, Matthias Pintscher, and other contemporary composers. Zimmermann has made numerous recordings for many labels, including EMI, Sony, Philips, and Teldec.

Frank Peter Zimmermann was born in Duisburg, Germany, on February 27, 1965. He was extremely precocious: at five years of age he began playing the violin, and at 10 gave his first orchestral concert playing the Mozart G major Concerto, K. 216. In 1976 he won the Youth Makes Music Competition in Germany. His roster of teachers is impressive: Valery Gradov (at Folkwang Hochschule in Essen), Saschko Gawriloff (at the Berlin Staatliche Hochschule), and Herman Krebbers (private studies in Amsterdam).

In 1983 Zimmermann launched his career, performing in numerous critically acclaimed concerts across Germany and parts of Europe. He made his U.S. debut the following year with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and over the next several seasons appeared with the Boston, Chicago, and National symphony orchestras. He also gave concerts in South America, Japan, and Australia.

In the early years of his career Zimmermann regularly collaborated in chamber works with German pianist Alexander Lonquich, but since 1998 he has regularly performed with Italian pianist Enrico Pace.

In the new century Zimmermann has turned more conspicuously to contemporary music, recording the Ligeti Violin Concerto for Teldec (2002) and premiering Matthias Pintscher's En Sourdine in 2003, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Peter Eötvös. Among Zimmermann's recordings is an ECM disc released in 2006 that might be viewed as a microcosm of his style and broad tastes: the CD, a collaborative effort with cellist Heinrich Schiff, contains chamber works for violin and cello by J.S. Bach, Honegger, Martinu, Pintscher, and Ravel. Read less

Biography

Born: February 27, 1965; Duisburg, Germany  
From about the mid-'80s, Frank Peter Zimmermann has been recognized as one of the leading German violinists, not for the usual reasons alone -- formidable technical skills and interpretive acumen -- but also for his ability to adapt his style to accommodate the demands of a broad range of repertory, from J.S. Bach to contemporary composers. He has expressed a special love for the music of Mozart and Prokofiev, two composers of obviously disparate Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Allegro ma non troppo - Quasi moderato
2. Adagio, ma non troppo
3. Finale (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo)
I. Hamburg, 1854
II. The Hague, 1882
III. Vienna, 1886
IV. Jerilderie, 1879
I. Massig bewegte Halbe
II. Langsam
III. Lebhaft
I. Leicht bewegte Viertel
II. Ruhig bewegte Achtel
III. Gemachliche Viertel
IV. 5 Variationen uber deas lied "Komm, lieber Mai"
I. Frisch
II. Im Zeitmass eines langsamen, feierlichen Tanzes
I. Ruhig bewegt
II. Langsam - Sehr Lebhaft
I. Lebhaft
II. Langsam
III. Fuge: Ruhig bewegt
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G K216: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G K216: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G K216: III. Rondeau (Allegro)
Violin Concerto: I: Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto: II: Adagio
Violin Concerto: III: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra Op. 12 (1924): First movement: Andante con moto
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra Op. 12 (1924): Second movement: - NOTTURNO Allegro un poco tenuto
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra Op. 12 (1924): - CADENZA Moderato
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra Op. 12 (1924): - SERENATA Allegretto
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra Op. 12 (1924): Third movement: Allegro molto, un poco agitato
I. Adagio - Allegro con brio
II. Adagio ma non tanto e cantabile
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Presto
I. Allegretto
II. Andante quasi allegretto
III. Menuetto: Allegro
IV. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio con espressione
III. Scherzo: Allegro molto e vivace
IV. Finale: Presto
Violinkonzert "Dem Andenken eines Engels" (1935): Andante - Allegretto
Violinkonzert "Dem Andenken eines Engels" (1935): Allegro - Adagio
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegretto - Trio
IV. Andante
V. Menuetto: Allegretto - Trio I - Trio II
VI. Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio di molto
III. Allegro ma non tanto
Violinkonzert d-moll (1853) (Live-Recording): I. In kräftigem, nicht zu schnellem Tempo
Violinkonzert d-moll (1853) (Live-Recording): II. Langsam
Violinkonzert d-moll (1853) (Live-Recording): III. Lebhaft, doch nicht schnell
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra Op. 12 (1924): First movement: Andante con moto
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra Op. 12 (1924): Second movement: - NOTTURNO Allegro un poco tenuto
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra Op. 12 (1924): - CADENZA Moderato
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra Op. 12 (1924): - SERENATA Allegretto
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra Op. 12 (1924): Third movement: Allegro molto, un poco agitato
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op.19: I. Andantino
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op.19: II. Scherzo (Vivacissimo)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op.19: III. Moderato
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor Op. 47: I. Allegro moderato
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor Op. 47: II. Adagio di molto
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor Op. 47: III. Allegro ma non tanto
Violinkonzert "Dem Andenken eines Engels" (1935): Andante - Allegretto
Violinkonzert "Dem Andenken eines Engels" (1935): Allegro - Adagio
Sonate (1917): I. Allegro vivo
Sonate (1917): II. Intermčde (Fantasque et léger)
Sonate (1917): III. Finale (Trčs animé)
Sonate (1927): Allegretto
Sonate (1927): Blues: Moderato
Sonate (1927): Perpetuum mobile. Allegro
Sonate (1922): Con moto
Sonate (1922): Ballada : con moto
Sonate (1922): Allegretto
Sonate (1922): Adagio
Piano Quartet in G minor K478: I. Allegro
Piano Quartet in G minor K478: II. Andante
Piano Quartet in G minor K478: III. Rondo (Allegro)
Piano Quartet in E flat major, KV 493: I. Allegro
Piano Quartet in E flat major, KV 493: II. Larghetto
Piano Quartet in E flat major, KV 493: III. Allegretto
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny - Suite aus der oper: No. 3
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny - Suite aus der oper: No. 4 Lento
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny - Suite aus der oper: No. 5 Molto vivace
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny - Suite aus der oper: No. 6
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny - Suite aus der oper: No. 7 Largo
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor Op. 64: I. Allegro molto appassionato -
Konzert für Violine und Orchester e-moll op.64: II. Andante -
Konzert für Violine und Orchester e-moll op.64: III. Allegretto Non Troppo - Allegro Molto Vivace
Concerto for Violin and Strings in D minor: Allegro
Concerto for Violin and Strings in D minor: Andante
Concerto for Violin and Strings in D minor: Allegro
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G K216 (cadenzas by J. Joachim): I. Allegro
Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr.3 G-dur KV 216: II. Adagio (Kadenz: Franz Beyer: 1.04)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G K216 (cadenzas by J. Joachim): III. Rondeau (Allegro - Andante - Allegretto)
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A K219 'Turkish' (cadenzas by J. Joachim): I. Allegro aperto
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A K219 'Turkish' (cadenzas by J. Joachim): II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A K219 'Turkish' (cadenzas by J. Joachim): III. Rondeau (Tempo di menuetto - Allegro)
Violinkonzert D-dur op.61 (Kadenzen: Kreisler): I. Allegro ma non troppo - Cadenza - Tempo I [Kadenz: Kreisler: 2.54]
Violinkonzert D-dur op.61 (Kadenzen: Kreisler): II. Larghetto
Violinkonzert D-dur op.61 (Kadenzen: Kreisler): III. Rondo (Allegro) - Cadenza - Tempo I [Kadenz: Kreisler: 1.16]


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