Recital Artist-in-Residence Antoine Tamestit

Antoine Tamestit Viola
Cédric Tiberghien Piano

Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Sonata for Viola da gamba and Piano BWV 1028

Johannes Brahms

  • Sonata for Viola und Piano in f minor, Opus 120 No. 1

Gabriel Fauré

  • Berceuse op. 16
  • »Sicilienne« op. 78
  • »Après un rêve« op. 7 Nr. 1

Rebecca Clarke

  • Sonata for Viola and Piano

Facets of the viola

Traditionally, the concerts of the Staatskapelle’s Artist-in-Residence are complemented by a solo recital. Antoine Tamestit begins his matinee concert with Bach’s Sonata in D Major. Brahms’s inspiration for his Sonata Op. 120, No. 1, as well as its dedicatee, was the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, a member of the Meiningen Court Orchestra. However, to ensure that the Frankfurt premiere in 1894 would go ahead without any hitches, the composer reworked the piece for viola. Following some brilliant miniatures by Fauré, Tamestit will perform the great Viola Sonata by Rebecca Clarke, who in 1919 won second prize in a composition competition. According to British- born Clarke, this was the »one little whiff of success I’ve had in my life«.

Information on advanced ticket sale will be announced in autumn 2021.

  • 15.05.2022
    11:00 Uhr
    Semperoper

Antoine Tamestit

Known for his innate musicality and outstanding technique as well as a much-praised beautiful and richly coloured tone, Antoine Tamestit is rightly regarded one of the leading violists of the age. Whether as a solo performer, a passionate chamber musician or professor of viola, Tamestit’s many appearances around the world are always greeted with great enthusiasm. With his Stradivarius from 1672, on loan from the Habisreutinger Foundation, whose warm sound reminds him of »an Italian opera singer«, he is always seeking a fresh and original approach to music. Since 2007 he has regularly performed as one part of the Trio Zimmermann, which he founded together with fellow musicians Christian Poltéra and Frank Peter Zimmermann. In 2019 the latter invited him to join forces for Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante (KV 364) at a concert in the Semperoper, which also saw Tamestit

making his debut with the Staatskapelle. In the 2021/2022 season he will appear several times in Dresden, also a chamber music programme with members of the orchestra (at the Salzburg Easter Festival) and at his Artist-in-Residence recital, when he will present a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach and Fauré to Rebecca Clarke.

Antoine Tamestit was born in Paris in 1979, the son of a violin teacher and composer. After studying under Jean Sulem, Jesse Levine and Tabea Zimmermann, he went on to win several prestigious prizes, including first prize at Germany’s ARD Music Competition. Harmonia Mundi have released several recordings of his large repertoire. His enthusiasm for contemporary music is evident in the large number of works that he has premiered.

Cédric Tiberghien

Cédric Tiberghien is a French pianist who has established a truly international career. He has been particularly applauded for his versatility, as demonstrated by his wide-ranging repertoire, interesting programming, an openness to explore innovative concert formats and his dynamic chamber music partnerships.

Concerto appearances this season include the London and Houston Symphony Orchestras as well as performances of Messiaen’s Turangalîla with the Orchestre de Paris. Cédric has a very strong relationship with the Wigmore Hall in London. In addition to several chamber projects, he will be performing a complete Beethoven Variation cycle there over the next two seasons. Other solo recitals include the Philharmonie Halls in both Paris and Berlin and he will join violinist Alina Ibragimova and the Doric Quartet for a chamber project that will tour to Vienna, Hamburg, London, Amsterdam and Paris. In Spring 2019 the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris) presented the premiere of Zauberland (Magic Land). In this music theatre project staged by Katie Mitchell, Schumann’s Dichterliebe is performed alongside a new work by Bernard Foccroulle, setting a text by Martin Crimp. Cédric collaborated on this project with soprano Julia Bullock and further engagements have included New York, Moscow, London and Brussels.

Last season Cedric made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, San Francisco Symphony, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. Other recent collaborations have included the Boston Symphony, Cleveland, Czech Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras and at the BBC Proms with Les Siècles. His conductor collaborations include Karina Canellakis, Nicholas Collon, Stéphane Denève, Edward Gardner, Enrique Mazzola, Ludovic Morlot, Matthias Pintscher, François-Xavier Roth and Simone Young.

Cédric recently presented a major focus on the music of Bartok, culminating in a three-volume exploration of his solo piano works for the Hyperion label which has received huge critical acclaim. His solo discography also includes Chopin, Liszt, Szymanowksi, Franck’s Symphonic Variations and Les Djinns (Liège Philharmonic/François-Xavier Roth), Brahms’ Concerto No.1 (BBC Symphony/Bělohlávek), and many recital discs on Harmonia Mundi including repertoire by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Debussy. Cédric has been awarded five Diapason d’Or, for his solo and duo recordings on Hyperion.

​He is a dedicated chamber musician, with regular partners including violinist Alina Ibragimova, violist Antoine Tamestit and baritone Stéphane Degout. Cédric’s passion for chamber music is reflected in numerous recordings: his discography with Alina includes complete cycles of music by Schubert, Szymanowski and Mozart (Hyperion) and a Beethoven Sonata cycle (Wigmore Live).