Thomas Zehetmair enjoys a successful international career, and is a regular guest of the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, the Berlin, Munich and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Radio Orchestras of Cologne, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Berlin. The many distinguished conductors he has worked with include Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, John Elliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Heinz Holliger, Charles Mackerras, Roger Norrington, Simon Rattle, Esa Pekka Salonen und Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
His interest in contemporary music is an essential part of his artistic activities, and he has given a number of first performances, recently of the violin concerto written for him by Heinz Holliger, James Dillon and Hans-Jürgen von Bose.
In addition to his career as a soloist, Thomas Zehetmair plays chamber music with many distinguished colleagues. In 1994 he formed the Zehetmair Quartet. Their first recordings for ECM New Series are of the string quartets by Hartmann, Bartok and Schumann.
Thomas Zehetmair has recorded all the major violin repertoire on CD. His recording for EMI Classics of the Szymanowski Violin Concertos with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle won a Gramophone Award in 1997. His “live” recording for Philips of the Beethoven Violin Concerto and Romances with the Orchestra of the 18th Century under Frans Brüggen has been received as a major addition to the catalogue.
In the last few years Thomas Zehetmair has launched a second career as a conductor, making guest appearances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Academica Salzburg, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Northern Sinfonia, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Beethoven Akademie and Ensemble Orchestral Paris. After tours in 1999 and 2000, he led the Orchestra of the 18th Century again on a tour in South America in Summer 2002.
Beginning with the 2002/2003 season Thomas Zehetmair has taken up his first appointment as artistic director of the Northern Sinfonia.
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