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Antoine Tamestit

Representation: Austria | sundry territories
Contact: Mag. Anna Studer | Mag. Nora Pötter
Phone: +43-1-512 05 01-26 | +43-1-512 05 01-19
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Antoine TAMESTIT was born in 1979 and studied with Jean Sulem at the Paris Conservatory, at Yale University (USA) with Jesse Levine and the Tokyo String Quartet, and with Tabea ZIMMERMANN in Berlin. He won First Prize at the Maurice Vieux Competition (Paris, 2000) and First Prize at the William Primrose Competition (Chicago, 2001). In January 2003, Antoine Tamestit won First Prize at the Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions and made his New York, Boston and Washington recital debuts. In September 2004, he took First Prize at the 53rd ARD Munich International Music Competition, as well as the Audience Prize and two special Prizes and was selected to participate in BBC Radio "New Generation Artists Scheme". He is "Revelation de l’Année” by the French Victoires de la Musique 2007. He is one of the winners of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2006, as well as laureate of the Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk in 2008, and of the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award 2008.

His repertoire ranges from the Baroque period to the contemporary. His particular interest for the music of our time has led him to meet many composers, and to perform and record numerous world premieres. At the Feldkirch Festival 2002, his acclaimed performance of Viola, Viola by Georges BENJAMIN with Tabea ZIMMERMANN was followed in December 2003 by a recording of the piece for the label Nimbus. He premiered with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Liege Orchestra and the WDR Cologne a Concerto for two violas by Bruno Mantovani written Tabea Zimmermann and him.

A passionate chamber musician, he performs with artists such as Gidon KREMER, Daishin KASHIMOTO, Emmanuel PAHUD, Mischa MAISKY, Jean-Guihen QUEYRAS, Paul MEYER, Renaud and Gautier CAPUÇON, Nicholas ANGELICH, Frank BRALEY, Natalia GUTMAN, the Ebene and Hagen Quartets. He is invited by the most prestigious festivals: Lockenhaus, Kron-berg, Moritzburg, Rheingau, Schwarzenberg, Davos, Lucerne, Salzburg, Santander, Jérusalem, Newport, as well as the Folles Journées in France and Japan. He plays in trio with Frank-Peter ZIMMERMANN and Christian POLTERA.

As a soloist, Antoine Tamestit performed with the Munich and Vienna Chamber Orchestras, the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish and BBC Wales Orchestras, the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester in Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Francfort, Saarbruck, Stuttgart, Liège, Lyon, Toulouse orchestras, Warsaw Philharmonic, Berliner Symphoniker, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Marek Janowski, Nether-lands Philharmonic, Rotterdam Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In 2007/08, he made his debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Riccardo Muti at Lucerne Festival.

In 2009/10, he is artist in residence at the Konzerthaus in Berlin. The composer Olga Neuwirth wrote for him a concerto premiered in Berlin (DSO Berlin), Graz and Vienna (Vienna Radio Orchestra). In 2010/11 he performs with the Orchestre de Paris, the New Japan Philharmonic and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Myung-Whun Chung for a German tour.

His work with the German pianist Markus HADULLA has led him to discover the large sonata repertoire. In 2005/06 he toured with the most prestigious halls such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Musikverein, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, Megaron in Athens, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Konserthus in Stockholm, Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden or the Cité de la Musique de Paris, as part as ECHO’s Rising Stars Programme. In November 2006 he performed at New York's Lincoln Center – the first time the Center has programmed a viola recital.

His first solo recording (Bach/Ligeti) has been released by Ambroisie with great critical acclaim. He recorded since then Mozart Concertante with Renaud Capuçon (Virgin Classics), Louis Lan-grée and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Virgin Classics, Schnittke Concerto with Warsaw Philharmonic and D. Kitajenko (Ambroisie) and Schubert’s Trout with Christian Teztlaff, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Alois Posch and Martin Helmchen (Pentaton). Last release: a Schubert recital.

Antoine TAMESTIT teaches at the Cologne Musikhochschule. He plays on a viola made by Stradivarius in 1672, lent by the Habisreutinger Foundation.