Zimmermann returns to the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts after 20 years


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Violist Tabea Zimmermann has been appointed professor of viola and chamber music at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK) for the summer semester of 2023. The appointment marks Zimmermann’s return to the faculty after over 20 years.

’I am very much looking forward to returning to the HfMDK and sharing my experience and passion for music with the students,’ said Zimmermann. ’In particular, the focus on chamber music and the collegial interaction make the HfMDK so attractive.’

Zimmermann hopes to create an inspiring and supportive environment for students in which they can develop their personal potential and grow as comprehensively trained musicians. ’I would like to promote cooperation between the different departments and disciplines and strengthen the international profile of the university,’ she commented. ’I’m especially looking forward to discovering young talents, nurturing them and strengthening them on their way to an uncertain future.’

Zimmermann’s academic career is closely linked to the HfMDK, where she worked from 1994 to 2002. She then went on to teach at the University of Music ‘Hanns Eisler’ Berlin. She has also held a professorship at the University of Music Saar.

Recently, Zimmermann was appointed chair of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation Board, having won the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2020. 

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