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.