“Working with young people helps me to grow”

Violist Tabea Zimmermann in conversation

Violist Tabea Zimmermann certainly imagined her residency for the 2020/21 season differently. Many of the planned concerts could not take place due to the pandemic. All the more reason for us to be delighted that she will be performing a special programme together with the Karajan Academy in the Digital Concert Hall this coming Saturday. In the concert with the young members of the Karajan Academy, she will perform not only as a soloist but also as a conductor. Yet she wants to fill this role rather cautiously: “The rehearsal phase is the decisive thing. At the beginning I'm very active, then I gradually step back until the ensemble is almost playing on its own.”

To open the programme, Tabea Zimmermann and the Karajan Academy perform Johannes Brahms’ Serenade for small orchestra, which the composer affectionately called a “delicate piece”. This is followed by two virtuoso octet movements by Dmitri Shostakovich, which show the young composer on the way to his unmistakable style. As a finale, Tabea Zimmermann performs Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra with Noah Bendix-Balgley, 1st concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Concert broadcast on 8 May, 19:00 in the Digital Concert Hall

Watch Tabea Zimmermann, scholarship holders of the Karajan Academy and Noah Bendix-Balgley perform works by Brahms, Shostakovich and Mozart.

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