In the 2017/18 season Tamestit is Artist-in-Residence with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Konzerthaus and Konzerthaus Dortmund. Other engagements in this season include a tour with the Orchestre de Paris, concerts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Monteverdi Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Seoul Philharmonic, with the Netherland Radio Philharmonic he will premiere a new concerto by Theirry Escaish. Tamestit will also tour Australia and New Zealand where he will perform with the Queensland, Tasmanian and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras.

Tamestit gave the world premiere performance of Jörg Widmann’s Viola Concerto in 2015 with the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi. He has given subsequent performances with the Swedish Radio Symphony and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Joshua Weilerstein. This season he will perform the concerto with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris.

Tamestit will perform chamber music with the Belcea Quartet in Vienna, London and Copenhagen, and he will tour Europe with Quator Ebene performing in Hamburg, Munich, Bilbao, Brussels, Dortmund and Florence. Tamestit plays in the string trio with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Poltera with whom he has recorded Mozart Divertimento and Beethoven Trio Op.9 for Bis Records. This season they will perform in Madrid, Berlin, Paris and Dresden. Other chamber music partners include a trio with Jörg Widmann and Francesco Piemontesi, Leonidas Kavakos, Gautier Capucon, Emmanuel Ax, Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Emmanuel Pahud, Martin Fröst, Nicholas Angelich, Shai Wosner and Ebene and Hagen Quartets.

Antoine Tamestit records for Harmonia Mundi and released Bel Canto: The Voice of the Viola, his first CD for the label, with Cédric Tiberghien in February 2017: "His rich, husky tone is dangerously seductive."The Arts Desk. Tamestit’s distinguished discography includes Berlioz’s Harold en Italie with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev for LSO Live; for Naïve he has recorded three of the Bach Suites, Hindemith solo and concertante works recorded with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Paavo Järvi; and an earlier recording of Harold in Italy with Marc Minkowski and Les Musicians du Louvre. In 2016 he appeared with Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on a new recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante (Hännsler Classic).

Other notable recordings include solo works by Bach and Ligeti (Naïve/Ambroisie), Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Renaud Capuçon, Louis Langrée and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Virgin Classics) and the Schnittke Concerto with Warsaw Philharmonic and Kitajenko (Naïve/Ambroisie).

Tamestit’s world premiere performances and recordings, in addition to Jörg Widmann’s Viola Concerto, include George Benjamin’s Viola, Viola with Tabea Zimmermann for Nimbus Records, the Concerto for Two Violas by Bruno Mantovani written for Tabea Zimmermann and Tamestit, and Olga Neuwirth’s Remnants of Songs.

Together with Nobuko Imai, Antoine Tamestit is co-artistic director of the Viola Space Festival in Tokyo, focusing on the development of viola repertoire and a wide range of education programmes.

Born in Paris, Antoine Tamestit studied with Jesse Levine at Yale University and with Tabea Zimmermann. He was the recipient of several coveted prizes including the William Primrose Competition and the first prize at the Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions, BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme, Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2009.

Antoine Tamestit plays on a viola made by Stradivarius in 1672, loaned by the Habisreutinger Foundation.


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