artist in residence
Frank Peter Zimmermann is widely regarded as one of the greatest violinists of his generation. He has performed with all the world's great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, with whom he made his debut in 1985 with Daniel Barenboim; the Vienna Philharmonic, with whom he first played in 1983 with Lorin Maazel in Salzburg; the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, all the London orchestras, and all the major American orchestras.
Frank Peter Zimmermann is a regular guest at all the major music festivals, including the Salzburg Festival and the Edinburgh and Lucerne Festivals. With Antoine Tamestit, viola, and Christian Poltéra, cello, he founded the Zimmermann Trio. In recent seasons he has given recitals with the pianist Martin Helmchen.
Over the years, Frank Peter Zimmermann has built up an impressive discography for EMI Classics, Sony Classical, BIS Records, Ondine, Hänssler, Decca, Teldec and ECM. He has recorded virtually every major concerto in the repertoire, from Bach to Ligeti, Dean and Pintscher, the six solo sonatas of Eugène Ysaÿe, the 24 Caprices of Paganini and the complete violin and piano sonatas of Bach and Mozart.
He is currently completing a recording of all Beethoven's sonatas for piano and violin with Martin Helmchen.
Born in 1965 in Duisburg, Germany, Frank Peter Zimmermann began playing the violin with his mother at the age of five. He studied with Valery Gradov, Saschko Gawriloff and Herman Krebbers.
He plays on an Antonius Stradivari violin from 1711, "Lady Inchiquin", kindly provided by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf "Kunst im Landesbesitz".
Despite the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had the pleasure of hearing the talented Francesco Piemontesi throughout the 2020-21 season. In addition to his residency at the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, he was also invited to the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony with Lahav Shani, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, as well as many American orchestras.
Piemontesi opened the first ever OSR Festival at Genève-Plage with Jonathan Nott in a performance of Ravel's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G major. The two artists then joined forces for a streaming performance of Olivier Messiaen's Oiseaux Exotiques and a second performance of Ravel's Piano Concerto. Finally, Arnold Schoenberg's Piano Concerto is added to these two works, which will be the subject of a Pentatone recording to be released in 2022.
Francesco Piemontesi has also performed with conductors Daniel Harding and Manfred Honeck. For more details, please see our concert archive on the French version of the site.
The OSR's first composer in residence: Season 2019-20
Yann Robin is one of those rare contemporary composers who seems to conceive their creation (however intense, demanding, enigmatic it may be) as a privileged occasion to communicate with the public. After having already completed a three-year residency with the Orchestre National de Lille, he was hosted by the OSR for the 2019-20 season, creating the opportunity for the public to join him in discovering works charged with telluric energy and a profound sonorous poetry.
As the OSR's first composer-in-residence, Yann Robin delivered two of his works during the season, before arrival of the global COVID-19 pandemic. He seeks to push the limits of technique to create new sonorities, inducing new sensations in the listener.
Works by Yann Robin performed by the OSR :
Quarks, for cello and large orchestra (Swiss creation)
Vertigo, for solo double bass
Discover the Cité de la Musique project through a traveling exhibition that will be visible in different districts of Geneva starting September 2020.
The exhibition, organized in close collaboration with the City of Geneva, will be accompanied by concerts given by the students of the HEM and the musicians of the OSR.