Symphony Concert N° 5

Daniel Harding Conductor
Antoine Tamestit Viola

Benjamin Britten

  • »Four Sea Interludes«, Opus 33a from »Peter Grimes«

William Walton

  • Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

Edward Elgar

  • »Enigma Variations«, Opus 36

A quaint idea

William Walton’s Concerto for Viola is certainly the first great concerto for this instrument written in the 20th century. Even though the original dedicatee, the famous violist Lionel Tertis, rejected the work as too modern, it laid the foundation for Walton’s lifelong friendship with the soloist who performed the premiere, namely Paul Hindemith. In his »Enigma Variations«, Edward Elgar created a musical monument to his friends: each variation was inspired by the mood of one of his intimates – »it is a quaint idea,« wrote the composer, »and the result is amusing to those behind the scenes and won’t affect the hearer who ›nose nuffin‹.« 

A concert introduction by Hagen Kunze is given 45 minutes before the start of the performance in the opera cellar.

Das Konzert wird von MDR Kultur & Klassik mitgeschnitten und am Dienstag, den 18. Januar 2022 ab 20.05 Uhr gesendet.
  • 16.01.2022
    11:00 Uhr
  • 17.01.2022
    20:00 Uhr
    Ticket price:
    48.00 – 73.00 €
  • 18.01.2022
    This date has been canceled

Daniel Harding

Born in Oxford, Daniel Harding began his career as assistant to Sir Simon Rattle with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where he made his debut in 1994. Later he was assistant to Claudio Abbado with the Berlin Philharmonic and made his debut at the Musikfest Berlin in 1996.

Today Daniel Harding is Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and musical partner of the New Japan Philharmonic. Recently he was awarded the title of Conductor Laureate by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. His previous positions have included Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (2003-2011), Principal Conductor of the Norwegian Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (1997-2000), Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (1997-2003) and Music Director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (1997-2003). In autumn 2016 he will take over the position of Principal Conductor of the Orchestre de Paris.


Daniel Harding is a regular guest with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in Milan. Engagements as guest conductor have taken him to the Vienna, Berlin and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Oslo Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées as well as to the orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Chicago.

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.