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Tabea Zimmermann, acclaimed as the world’s greatest living violist with a sound that “is extraordinarily beautiful, round, and luminous,” (Le Monde, France) makes her Baltimore debut with pianist Javier Perianes. They perform selections by Spanish and South American composers and two richly lyrical works by Schubert and Brahms.

 “The most beautiful singing of the performance was not that of a human voice but of a viola in the hands of Tabea Zimmermann.” —The New York Times

“An elusive blend of expressive confidence, subtlety, and poetry….”—The Boston Globe on Javier Perianes

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    Tabea Zimmermann

    Tabea Zimmermann studied with Ulrich Koch at the Freiburg Musikhochschule and with Sándor Végh at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Between 1982 and 1984, she won the competitions of Geneva, Budapest and Paris. As a viola soloist, she regularly works with the most distinguished orchestras, from Berlin Philharmonic and London Symphony to Israel Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris. She has recorded the most important viola repertoire to great acclaim. Performing contemporary music is a major aspect of her artistic activities and works she has recently premiered include Ligeti’s Sonata for Viola solo, which was dedicated to her, as well as the viola concertos by Sally Beamish, Wolfgang Rihm and Heinz Holliger. Tabea Zimmermann is much in demand as a chamber musician and has worked with such well-known partners as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Hartmut Höll, Christian Tetzlaff and the Alban Berg Quartett. Following professorships in Saarbrücken and Frankfurt/Main, she has been teaching at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin since 2002.

    "Her ability to switch between the absolute extremes of dynamic from one bow stroke to the next gives her the advantage over almost any other player approaching this repertoire."Seen and Heard International

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    Javier Perianes

    The international career of Spanish pianist Javier Perianes has led him to perform in the most prestigious concert halls, with the world’s top orchestras, collaborating with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel, Sakari Oramo, Yuri Temirkanov, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Long Yu, Simone Young, Vladimir Jurowski, Josep Pons, David Afkham and Daniel Harding, and appearing at festivals such as BBC Proms, Mainly Mozart, Lucerne, La Roque d’Anthéron, Grafenegg, San Sebastian, Granada and Ravinia. Described by The Telegraph as “a pianist of impeccable and refined tastes, blessed with a warmth of touch”, Javier Perianes was awarded the ‘National Music Prize’ in 2012 by the Ministry of Culture of Spain and is International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) ‘Artist of the Year 2019’.

    In the 2018/19 season, Perianes returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra to perform a Beethoven Cycle over two consecutive evenings at the Royal Festival Hall after a Spanish tour with conductor Juanjo Mena. He will also perform Beethoven on tours in Australia and New Zealand, as well as touring the United States performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, culminating with a return to Carnegie Hall in New York.

    “His demeanour and technique… radiate calm, yet the precision and speed of his fingerwork can be quite shattering. Seldom, if ever, have I encountered such a combination of evident modesty and utter brilliance” —Sunday Times

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Sonata for Viola and Piano in A minor, D. 821, "Arpeggione"

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Sonata for Viola and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 120, No. 2

Manuel De Falla (1876-1946)

Seven Popular Spanish Songs

Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)

Tango from España, Op. 165

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

Aria (Cantilena) from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

Le Grand Tango

Program Subject to Change Without Notice