Duo-Recital: Frank Peter Zimmermann and Martin Helmchen

Frank Peter Zimmermann Violin
Martin Helmchen Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Opus 30 No. 3
  • Violinsonate Nr. 9 A-Dur op. 47 »Kreutzer-Sonate«
  • Violinsonate Nr. 10 G-Dur op. 96

Musical versatility

Time and again Beethoven experiments with musical form and feeling. Whether the conversational style of his Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 30, or the virtuosic demands of Violin Sonata, Op. 47, or a conspicuously relaxed, almost contemplative attitude as displayed in the G major sonata, Op. 96, Beethoven’s struggle to uncover new means of expression provides the perfect opportunity for this year’s Capell-Virtuos Frank Peter Zimmermann to prove his amazing versatility.

Expected concert duration including an interval: 110 minutes

  • 01.11.2018
    20:00 Uhr

Frank Peter Zimmermann

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.

Martin Helmchen

There are shooting stars who arrive on the concert scene like a bolt from the blue but then quickly disappear again. And there are musicians who gradually play their way into the limelight and at some point become an indispensable part of musical life. Winning the Clara Haskil Competition would normally have catapulted the 19-year-old Martin Helmchen to stardom in the classical world. The concert agencies and record companies proceeded slowly at first, however, and Martin Helmchen’s career developed gradually but steadily, for which he is extremely grateful in retrospect. »I had enough time and freedom to develop as an artist.«

Born in 1982, Martin Helmchen was the first student from the former West Berlin to attend the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Musikgymnasium, a school specializing in music, then studied at the Hanns Eisler School of Music with Galina Iwanzowa and in Hannover with the legendary Arie Vardi. Equipped with the virtuosic qualifications of the Russian school, Martin Helmchen developed his own musical approach and established himself among the elite of the piano world.

He appears with the leading orchestras in Boston and Chicago, London and Cleveland, Paris and Tokyo and with the major German radio orchestras. He reached the pinnacle in his debuts with the Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonics and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has collaborated regularly with such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Philippe Herreweghe, Vladimir Jurowski, the late Sir Neville Marriner, Andris Nelsons, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Michael Sanderling and, in particular, his long-time musical partner and supporter Christoph von Dohnányi.

It is revealing that chamber music, the »most natural and most exhilarating form of music making«, is especially important to Martin Helmchen. He was particularly influenced in this genre by cellists Boris Pergamenschikow and Heinrich Schiff and performs regularly with Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Veronika Eberle, Julia Fischer, Antoine Tamestit, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Carolin Widmann, Juliane Banse and Matthias Goerne. He has been an associate professor at the Kronberg Academy since 2010.