Paul Hindemith

Viola Sonata Op. 25, No. 4

Franz Schubert

Viola Sonata in A Minor, D. 821 “Arpeggione”

Shulamit Ran

Perfect Storm

Robert Schumann

Märchenbilder for Viola and Piano, Op. 113

Johannes Brahms

Sonata for Viola and Piano in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1

Event Info

With Thomas Hoppe, Piano.

Pre-concert talk illuminating the program at 7PM by La Vie En Cello, Princeton University's student cello ensemble. Free to ticketholders.

Two seasons ago in Richardson Auditorium, the phenomenal pan-European Arcanto Quartet dazzled Princeton University Concerts with a lush program of Romantic repertoire. Tabea Zimmermann, who is regularly cited as the world’s greatest living violist, made her Princeton debut during that performance, and our ears are still resonating with her singular, unforgettable tone. Now she returns triumphantly, treating us to a full evening of her majestic playing alongside pianist Thomas Hoppe. György Ligeti once said of the viola, the violin’s mysterious and unsung cousin: “the low C-string gives the viola a unique acerbity, compact, somewhat hoarse, with an aftertaste of wood, earth and tannic acid.” And indeed, in Zimmermann’s hands, the instrument sings just as it should, filled with “graceful athleticism and a feathery left-hand touch.” (The New York Times) Hoppe and Zimmermann will perform the cornerstones of the viola sonata repertoire, rarely heard on our stage, including Brahms’ late masterpiece Op. 120, No. 1 and Schubert’s wonderfully melodic “Arpeggione” Sonata.

About the Artist:

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.