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Audio link - You can watch and listen to Thomas Zehetmair playing the
Prokofiev violin concerto together with the Budapest festival Orchestra and Ivan Fisher ( from minute 11')

Thomas Zehetmair’s ability to skilfully blend his musical interests is unparalleled. He enjoys widespread international acclaim not only as a violinist, but also a conductor and chamber musician making him one of the most prominent artist personalities of present day. Since the season 2016/17 he is Principle Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur.

Thomas Zehetmair has recorded the largest amount of repertoire for the violin; many of his releases have earned multiple awards. These recordings include, among others, B. A. Zimmermann’s violin concerto with the WDR Sinfonieorchester under Heinz Holliger (“Diapason d’Or de l’Année“ 2009), 24 Paganini Caprices (the best list of the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik“ 2009, Midem Classic Award 2010), a recording of Elgar’s violin concerto with the Hallé Orchestra Manchester under Sir Mark Elder (Gramophone Award 2010) and Mozart’s violin concertos with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century under Frans Brüggen, acclaimed as a reference recording. Furthermore, the recording “Manto and Madrigals“ appeared with ECM in March 2011 where the duo of Thomas Zehetmair and Ruth Killius embark on a journey charting modern and contemporary repertoire for the violin and viola.

Taking the helm of the Royal Northern Sinfonia as Principle Conductor in 2002, he sculpted it into one of England’s leading orchestras during his term ending in 2014. As “Conductor laureate” he will stay closely connected to the orchestra in future. A number of recordings document his exceedingly prolific work with the orchestra.

Thomas Zehetmair is both a sought-after soloist and conductor among leading international orchestras worldwide. He is Artistic Partner at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (USA) and also maintains close ties with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore he is the founding member of the Zehetmair Quartett, with which he was awarded the Paul Hindemith Prize by the City of Hanau in November 2014 in recognition of outstanding musical achievement.

For his far-reaching artistic contributions, Thomas Zehetmair was awarded, among other things, the certificate of honour by the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik as well as the Karl Böhm Interpretation Prize by the federated state of Styria. Thomas Zehetmair is an honorary doctor at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar and Newcastle University.

His recent recording with works by Schumann and the Orchestre de chambre de Paris was released by ECM.


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