Frank Peter Zimmermann is one of the leading violinists of our time. Born in Duisburg in 1965, he began playing the violin aged five, giving his first orchestral concert at ten. After studying with Valery Gradow, Saschko Gawriloff and Herman Krebbers, in 1983 he launched a career that has seen him ascend to the first rank of performers. Frank Peter Zimmermann is invited to all the major music festivals and appears with the world’s great orchestras and conductors. He has already collaborated several times with the Staatskapelle Dresden.
With a repertoire stretching from the Baroque age to contemporary music, in recent years he has premiered no fewer than four concertos: The second violin concerto by Magnus Lindberg in 2015, »Juggler in Paradise« by Augusta Read in 2009, »The Lost Art of Letter Writing« by Brett Dean in 2007 and »en sourdine« by Matthias Pintscher in 2003. In addition to his numerous orchestral engagements, Frank Peter Zimmermann can be regularly enjoyed in the world’s great concert halls as a chamber musician. Together with violist Antoine Tamestit and cellist Christian Poltéra, he founded the Zimmermann Trio.
Frank Peter Zimmermann has received numerous awards and honours, including the Premio del Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, the Rhineland Culture Prize, the Music Prize of the City of Duisburg, the Paul Hindemith Prize of Hanau and the Federal Cross of Merit (1st class) of the Federal Republic of Germany.
He plays the »Lady Inchiquin« Stradivarius violin from 1711, kindly loaned to him by the foundation »Kunst im Landesbesitz« of the Art Collection of North-Rhine Westphalia in Düsseldorf.