Born in Duisburg, Germany, Frank Peter Zimmermann started playing the violin when he was five years old, giving his first concert with an orchestra at the age of ten. Since finishing his studies with Valery Gradov, Saschko Gawriloff, and Herman Krebbers in 1983, Mr. Zimmermann has been performing with major orchestras and collaborating with renowned conductors around the world. His concert engagements have taken him to important concert venues and international music festivals in Europe, the United States, Japan, South America, and Australia.
His recent and forthcoming highlights include a residency with Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and performances with the Berlin Philharmonic led by Claudio Abbado, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Manfred Honeck, and Dresden Staatskapelle and Herbert Blomstedt.
Mr. Zimmermann is also an avid chamber musician and recitalist in Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century repertoire. His regular recital partners are pianists Piotr Anderszewski, Enrico Pace, and Emanuel Ax.
With violist Antoine Tamestit and cellist Christian Poltéra Mr. Zimmermann has formed the Trio Zimmermann, with which he has appeared in cities including Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, London, Lyon, Milan, Munich, Paris, and Vienna, as well as at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals.
Frank Peter Zimmermann was awarded the Accademia Musicale Chigiana Prize in 1990; in 1994 he received the Rheinischer Kulturpreis, in 2002 the Musikpreis of the city of Duisburg, and in January 2008 he received the Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. His numerous recordings of Mr, covering a wide and varied choice of repertoire, are available on the EMI Classics, Sony Classical, BIS Records, and ECM Records labels.
Mr. Zimmermann plays a Stradivarius from 1711, which once belonged to Fritz Kreisler, and which is kindly sponsored by Portigon AG.