Born in 1965 in Duisburg, Germany, Frank Peter Zimmermann started playing the violin at the age of five, making his orchestral debut at the age of 10. Since finishing his studies with Valery Gradov, Saschko Gawriloff, and Herman Krebbers in 1983, Mr. Zimmermann has performed with renowned conductors and with many of the world's major orchestras. His numerous concert engagements take him to venues and international music festivals throughout Europe, South America, and Australia, as well as in the United States and Japan.
Mr. Zimmermann has performed the world premieres of three violin concertos: Augusta Read Thomas's Violin Concerto No. 3, Juggler in Paradise, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Andrey Boreyko in 2009; Brett Dean's 2007 The Lost Art of Letter Writing (which received the 2009 Grawemeyer Award) with Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by the composer; and Matthias Pintscher's en sourdine, his 2003 violin concerto, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Peter Eötvös.
An avid chamber musician and recitalist, Frank Peter Zimmermann gives numerous concerts worldwide. His regular recital partners are the pianists Enrico Pace, Piotr Anderzewski, and Emanuel Ax. During the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons he presented the new Trio Zimmermann, with violist Antoine Tamestit and cellist Christian Poltéra, in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Cologne, London, Milan, Munich, and Paris.
Mr. Zimmermann has been awarded the Premio del Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena (in 1990), the Rheinischer Kulturpreis (1994), and the Musikpreis of the city of Duisburg (2002). In January 2008 he received the Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Recently, he has made numerous recordings for Sony Classical, and recorded virtually all of the major concerto repertoire for EMI Classics. He recorded Ligeti's Violin Concerto with the Asko Ensemble and Reinbert de Leeuw for Teldec Classics, and joined cellist Heinrich Schiff for a disc of violin and cello duos by Honegger, Martin?, J.S. Bach, Ravel, and Matthias Pintscher for ECM. Frank Peter Zimmermann plays a Stradivarius from 1711, which once belonged to Fritz Kreisler, and which is sponsored by the WestLB AG.