Thomas Zehetmair – Music Director, Violin
When Zehetmair joined Royal Northern Sinfonia as Music Director in 2002 The Guardian reported it as “the best signing since Alan Shearer”. Read more
Thomas Zehetmair is one of today’s most outstanding artistic personalities. As a violinist, conductor and chamber musician he is highly regarded worldwide. He is Music Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, and Artistic Partner of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, USA.
Tours with Royal Northern Sinfonia have led him to Asia, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Germany, and recordings for Avie Records include Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Schumann’s Symphony No.4 with Zehetmair as both soloist and conductor, Sibelius’ Symphonies Nos.3 and 6, Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D, Schubert’s Symphonies Nos. 6 and 9 and Gál’s Symphonies Nos.1 and 2. Other recordings include Mendelssohn symphonies with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, and French music with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris.
Zehetmair has recorded nearly the entire violin repertoire, and releases include B A Zimmermann’s ‘Canto di speranza’ with the WDR Symphony Orchestra (Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2009), the 24 Capricci by Paganini (honorary list of the German Record Critics’ Award 2009, Midem Classic Award 2010), Elgar’s Violin Concerto with the Hallé Orchestra (Gramophone Award 2010) and Mozart’s Violin Concertos with the Orchestra of the 18th Century. In March 2011 ECM published ‘Manto and Madrigal’ featuring Zehetmair and duo partner Ruth Killius.
This season includes concerts with the English Chamber Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Stavanger Symphony and the Salzburg Festival. As a violinist he will appear with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, State Orchestra Hamburg and the Orchestra of the 18th Century.
Honours include the German Record Critics’ Award for his versatile artistic work as soloist, conductor and chamber musician, and the Karl-Böhm Interpretation Award of the Austrian State Steiermark, presented by Heinz Holliger.
He holds honorary doctorates from the Music Academy Franz Liszt in Weimar and Newcastle University.
This is Thomas Zehetmair’s final season as Music Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia, and from 2014 he will become Conductor Laureate of the orchestra.