The violist won the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2020

Tabea Zimmermann 2_Rui Camilo

Tabea Zimmermann © Rui Camilo

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Tabea Zimmermann has been appointed chair of the Foundation Board of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, taking over from Peter Ruzicka on 3 July 2023.

Zimmermann won the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2020, worth €250,000, for her outstanding contributions to the world of music. 

’I have experienced how wonderfully this foundation works, how much value is placed on supporting the artists,’ said Zimmermann. ’I received the prize at a time when I am still in the middle of my life and there are now many opportunities to work in committees, to follow my chamber music approach and to create together with others, to exchange ideas and to take others with me. Therefore, it is now an honour and also a great responsibility for me to take over the chairmanship of the Board of Trustees of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

’The foundation is wonderfully positioned with its targeted support of new music. It is a great merit of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation to support contemporary music in this way, to give artistic natures freedom and to encourage them in their activities. For a foundation to be involved to this extent is unique in the world.’

Peter Ruzicka leaves the Foundation Board of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation on his 75th birthday. He has worked for the Music Foundation for 23 years, becoming a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation in 2000 before taking over as chair of the Foundation Board in December 2018.

Zimmermann has held residencies with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and regularly works with orchestras and ensembles around the world. Since 2022, she has been an artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Zimmermann has worked closely with numerous contemporary composers and has introduced many new works for viola into the concert and chamber music repertoire.

She has held professorships at the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken as well as the Hochschule für Musik ’Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin and has been teaching at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts from the 2023 summer semester.

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