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Tabea Zimmermann (2007)

Tabea Zimmermann (born October 8, 1966 in Lahr ) is a German violist and university teacher .

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Tabea Zimmermann started playing the viola at the music school in her hometown when she was three and playing the piano when she was five. She describes Dietmar Mantel, who taught her for over ten years, as her most important teacher. She studied viola with Ulrich Koch at the Freiburg University of Music , completed her studies in 1985 at the Saarbrücken University of Music and perfected herself from 1986 with Sándor Végh at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. During her studies, she took part in international competitions and won first prizes in Geneva (1982), Budapest (1984) and the Maurice Vieux International Viola Competition in Paris (1983). She then received an instrument from the French contemporary violin maker Étienne Vatelot, on which she still plays on her worldwide concert tours.

From 1987 to 1989 she was the youngest professor in Germany to teach at the Saarbrücken University of Music. In 1994 she took over the viola class at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts , and since October 2002 she has been a professor at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin .

From 1987 until his early death in 2000, Tabea Zimmermann gave regular concerts with her first husband, the Israeli conductor David Shallon . She has two sons with him. Afterwards she was married to the American conductor Steven Sloane , with whom she has a daughter.

In 2004 she founded - together with the violinists Antje Weithaas and Daniel Sepec and the cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras - the Arcanto Quartet , which quickly received invitations to the major concert halls of Europe, Israel, Japan and North America and released several CDs.

In 2011 Tabea Zimmermann was elected to the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and the Arts and in 2013 she was elected chairwoman of the board and the board of trustees of the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn.

Tabea Zimmermann lives in Berlin with her three children.


Tabea Zimmermann received the following awards:

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Individual evidence

  1. “But the most important thing was my first teacher at the Lahr Music School: For ten years I had the best initial lessons from Dietmar Mantel there. The basis that he laid, the basic attitude towards music and the flexibility that he taught me, the very precise listening, the tuning of intonation - I soaked up that with musical mother's milk from an early age. My greatest gratitude goes to my first teacher ” (conversation with Maja Ellmenreich at Deutschlandfunk, January 26, 2020, download from
  2. List of medal recipients 1975–2019. (PDF; 180 kB) State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg, accessed on June 12, 2019 .
  3. Klassik Prize Winner 2014 ( Memento from January 21, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on October 26, 2014
  4. Entry on the website of the Office of the Federal President: Award ceremony for the Day of German Unity on October 2, 2018 , viewed on September 28, 2018
  5. Ernst von Siemens Music Prize - violist Tabea Zimmermann honored. Deutschlandfunk Kultur, January 22, 2020, accessed on January 23, 2020 (German).