Thursday, March 5, 2020
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San Francisco Performances Presents
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Javier Perianes, piano

Friday, March 27, 2020, 7:30pm | $70/$55/$45
Herbst Theatre

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—March 5, 2020—San Francisco Performances (SFP) presents one of the finest violists in the world today, Tabea Zimmermann performing with Spanish pianist Javier Perianes on Thursday, March 27, 2020, 7:30pm at Herbst Theatre. Tabea Zimmermann and Javier Perianes each appear for the second time at San Francisco Performances.

“We are delighted to welcome back violist Tabea Zimmermann, who has been described as one of the greatest players of our time—on any instrument—and her artistry is beautifully matched in the luminosity of Javier Perianes’ playing. We are pleased to be able to bring these two great artists together on the Herbst Theatre stage.” —Melanie Smith, SFP President

For many years, Tabea Zimmermann has been regarded as one of the most renowned musicians of our time. Audiences and fellow musicians value her charismatic personality and deep musical understanding. Zimmermann owes her success not only to her exceptional talent, but also to the support of her parents, thorough training by excellent teachers, a tireless enthusiasm to communicate her understanding and love of music to her audience and an uncompromisingly high-quality standard. Her work with orchestras is also guided by the ideals of her work as a chamber musician, where artistic integrity is paramount.

As a soloist she regularly works with the most distinguished orchestras worldwide such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic. In the season of 2019–20, Tabea Zimmermann will be Artist-in-Residence of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and her great versatility will be showcased not only in Amsterdam, but also on tour.

In the field of chamber music, Tabea Zimmermann plays trio concerts with Jörg Widmann and Dénes Várjon as well as with Daniel Sepec and Jean-Guihen Queyras, and appears in duo recitals with the pianists Javier Perianes and Thomas Hoppe.

Tabea Zimmermann has inspired numerous composers to write for the viola and has introduced many new works into the standard concert and chamber music repertoire. Her artistry is documented on approximately 50 CDs for labels such as Harmonia Mundi, EMI, Teldec, and Deutsche Grammophon. A live recording of her performance on Beethoven’s own viola at the Beethovenhaus Bonn, accompanied by Hartmut Höll, was released by Ars Musici.

Tabea Zimmermann began learning the viola at the age of three, and two years later began playing the piano. She studied with Ulrich Koch at the Musikhochschule Freiburg and subsequently with Sandor Vegh at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Following her studies, she received several awards at international competitions, amongst them first prizes at the 1982 Geneva International Competition and the 1984 Budapest International Competition. As a result of winning the 1983 Maurice Vieux Competition in Paris, she received a viola by the contemporary maker Etienne Vatelot, on which she has been performing ever since. In addition, she has been playing an instrument built for her by Patrick Robin since 2019. From 1987 to 2000, she regularly gave concerts in Düsseldorf, Jerusalem and Luxembourg with the late David Shallon. Tabea Zimmermann has held teaching posts at the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken and Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt. Since October 2002, she has been a professor at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin, where she now lives with her three children.

The international career of Javier Perianes has led him to perform in the most prestigious concert halls, with the world’s top orchestras, collaborating with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel, Sakari Oramo, Yuri Temirkanov, Gustavo Gimeno, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Louis Langrée, Juanjo Mena, Simone Young, Vladimir Jurowski, David Afkham, Pablo Heras-Casado, François-Xavier Roth, Daniel Harding and Klaus Mäkelä, and appearing at festivals such as the BBC Proms, Mainly Mozart, Lucerne, La Roque d'Anthéron, Grafenegg, Prague Spring, San Sebastian, Granada, Vail, Blossom and Ravinia. He was awarded the ‘National Music Prize’ in 2012 by the Ministry of Culture of Spain and named International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) Artist of the Year in 2019.

The 2019–20 season features an array of high-profile concerts and a focus on Brahms’ First and Second Piano Concertos. Perianes returns to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, as well as debuts with Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, NAC Ottawa and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Perianes frequently appears in recital across the globe and is also a natural and keen chamber musician. This season he makes his recital debut at the Boulez Saal in Berlin. He also collaborates with regular chamber music partner Tabea Zimmermann for recitals in Germany and France, and together they currently are on a US recital tour supporting their new album release for harmonia mundi. Perianes joins the Quiroga Quartet once again for a tour of the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

Recording exclusively for harmonia mundi, new releases this season include Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, Alborada del Gracioso and Piano Concerto in G Major with Orchestre de Paris and Josep Pons, and Cantilena, a project with violist Tabea Zimmermann including a selection of Spanish and Latin American works. Perianes has developed a diverse discography ranging from Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Grieg, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel and Bartók to Blasco de Nebra, Mompou, Falla, Granados and Turina. His recent albums pay tribute to Claude Debussy on the centenary of his death with a recording of the first book of his Préludes and Estampes, and Les Trois Sonates–The Late Works which won a Gramophone Award in 2019.

The evening’s program will be as follows:

SCHUBERT: “Arpeggione” Sonata, D. 821
BRAHMS: Sonata No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op.120
DE FALLA: Seven Popular Songs
VILLA-LOBOS: Cantilena (Aria)
PIAZZOLLA: Le Grand Tango

Tickets are $70/$55/$45 and can be purchased at or by calling 415.392.2545 Tickets can also be purchased at the door as available including 50% off student rush tickets or 20% off senior rush tickets.

About San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances has been a leader in the Bay Area cultural scene since our founding in 1979. With a strong curatorial vision and adventurous programming, we are the city’s premier presenter of intimate concerts and solo performances.

We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

Quality, intimacy and connection are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances. We nurture unique relationships with today’s best artists to create an accessible, warm, and engaging arts experience.

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Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Javier Perianes, piano

WHEN: Friday, March 27, 2020, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
CONCERT TICKETS: $70/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545;

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