Live from the Jesus-Christus Church in Berlin

Johann Sebastian Bach
Suite C major BWV 1009 for Viola

Paul Hindemith
Sonate for viola solo op. 25 Nr. 1

György Kurtág
Six sections for viola from 'Signs, Games, Messages'

Johann Sebastian Bach
Suite E♭ major BWV 1010 for Viola

Tabea Zimmermann, Viola

On 11th May 2020, Tabea Zimmermann would have been awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. However, the prizegiving concert had to be postponed due to the current situation.
On the evening prior to the original concert, the prizewinner will be giving an exclusive solo concert, without an audience but streamed live on Deutschlandfunk Kultur radio.

Sun, 10th May 2020, 8:03-10:00pm live in Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

Live-Concert

Tabea Zimmermann

Sun, 10th May 2020, 8:03-10:00pm live in Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

On 11th May 2020, Tabea Zimmermann would have been awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. However, the prizegiving concert had to be postponed due to the current situation.
On the evening prior to the original concert, the prizewinner will be giving an exclusive solo concert, without an audience but streamed live on Deutschlandfunk Kultur radio.

Live from the Jesus-Christus Church in Berlin

Johann Sebastian Bach
Suite C major BWV 1009 for Viola

Paul Hindemith
Sonate for viola solo op. 25 Nr. 1

György Kurtág
Six sections for viola from 'Signs, Games, Messages'

Johann Sebastian Bach
Suite E♭ major BWV 1010 for Viola

Tabea Zimmermann, Viola

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Many colleagues are saying the same thing: they are fighting against self-doubt and are unsure if they can give a concert with the desired perfection. Practice and a certain level of routine are requirements for high-quality.”

Tabea Zimmermann

 

I often lead ensembles from the viola, but I've never [...] done such a big work as Harold in Italy. I want to build the piece in detail by ear and from the inner rhythm of the music. I want to dig deep!

Tabea Zimmermann

 

Should life, to a large extent, be normalised again, will the concerts, trips and teaching function largely as before?

I cannot imagine that we will return to what it was like before. I fear that many event organisers and cultural institutions will not survive the crisis. A few big players will still be there afterwards. But for small ensembles, event organisers, recording companies and agents, it is a case of fighting for their very existence. Whether musical life after the crisis can simply return to how it was, this is something I doubt. 

For musicians, there is another element too: self-belief, the power to get onto a stage, is dented after four weeks. A few days ago, I played in a live-streaming concert with the pianist Francesco Piemontesi here in Berlin in the Schinkel Pavilion and noticed that even after four weeks, it requires significant determination to get onto the stage and play. Much like pilots and their required flying hours, musicians also have to be able to fall back on those abilities in the given moment.


Many colleagues are saying the same thing: they are fighting against self-doubt and are unsure if they can give a concert with the desired perfection. Practice and a certain level of routine are requirements for high-quality. It would be no different for circus performers. Also with surgeons: I’m not sure I’d want to be the first patient a surgeon operates on after a hiatus of several weeks! Of course, a musician is not a surgeon and it is not a matter of life and death. But a musical performance can sometimes feel existential. This is why I was pleased about Francesco Piemontesi’s idea to play together on the internet. It was wonderful! However, streaming this live round the world did rather produce its own stress.

 

Friday, April 17th, 2020 – 8.30 pm

Tabea Zimmermann (viola) and Francesco Piemontesi (piano)

Schumann, Phantasiestücke op. 73
Reger, Suite No. 1 op. 131d
Liszt, 1. Legende
Schumann, Märchenbilder op. 113

In the same way that we couldn’t imagine our current lives six weeks ago, it is hard for us to now imagine what our lives will be like in six weeks’ time, at the end of May. And then in summer, and autumn. How can you make plans?!

The planning for next season was already complete with a tour until summer 2021. At the moment, all I can do is wait. There are many foreign trips in the calendar for which we cannot know if they can go ahead. For example, it was my intention to fly to Australia for six weeks in the summer and work with students at the ANAM, the Australian National Academy of Music. The project will, of course, probably no longer take place as there are no international flights and everyone who flies to Australia has to undergo fourteen days of quarantine.

I honestly don’t know what will happen. What I miss the most, however, is playing with others. I am not a natural soloist. I can certainly work well alone from home, but I have no desire to play viola alone indefinitely. I find that a bit saddening.

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