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In the life of a young artist, the freedom and space for artistic inspiration and development are essential. The Borletti-Buitoni Trust's committee and staff is full of incredible personalities whose main goal is precisely to give this. They offer not only the financial support to help build ones dreams, but also the advice, encouragement and practical means to realise them. Their help, although financially very important and meaningful, seems therefore priceless to me. It is a treasure for any artist. It gives us a rare opportunity to focus only on the artistic level of our goals, which therefore helps heighten our ideals. Personally, it gave me the freedom of choice for my future recordings, and the possibility, as a viola player, to imagine the best possible and artistic way to create a series of recordings of my instrument, with repertoire that touches me the most, and in a way that will reach the widest audience. A Thank You is not enough. I can only really thank you by working harder, realizing more dreams, and always keep on trying to reach my artistic ideals. Please never stop doing what you do; you are essential in our lives.

Antoine Tamestit"

Antoine Tamestit was supported by BBT between 2006 and 2010. For an up to date biography visit www.intermusica.co.uk.

Antoine Tamestit was born in Paris and following his studies there, he went on to study with Jesse Levine at Yale Universtiy and with Tabea Zimmermann. He was the recipient of several coveted prizes that launched his career, including the William Primrose Competition, first prize at the Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions, BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. His repertoire ranges from the Baroque period to the contemporary. He premiered Bruno Mantovani's Concerto for two violas and is equally at ease with Bach's music. As soloist, Antoine Tamestit has worked with the Vienna Philharmonic and with the London Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, with major French orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris and with all the BBC symphony orchestras. Chamber music is an important element of Antoine Tamestit's work and life. He appeared at the 2012 Verbier Festival in chamber music with Leonidas Kavakos, Gautier Capuçon and others and at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals as part of the string trio with Frank-Peter Zimmermann and Christian Poltéra. Antoine Tamestit has a distinguished discography. He has released Berlioz Harold in Italy with Marc Minkowski and Les Musicians du Louvre (Naïve) and recently recorded a new CD of Bach's Suites with Naïve Records. Antoine Tamestit is professor at the Cologne Musikhochschule. He plays on a viola made by Stradivarius in 1672, loaned by the Habisreutinger Foundation.

Photographs by Eric Larrayadieu, David Hoskins

Olga Neuwirth Viola Concerto

Olga Neuwirth Viola Concerto

Olga Neuwirth: Remnants of Song… An Amphigory (excerpt; world premiere broadcast recording) for viola and orchestra

Excerpt from the live World Premiere recording from Musikprotokoll Graz on 10th October 2009. Further performances on 20 November 2009 at Wien Modern and 31 January 2010 with DSO Berlin conducted by Alejo Perez. The work was commissioned for Antoine Tamestit by BBT, ORF, Wien Modern, the late Betty Freeman and DSO Berlin.

Antoine Tamestit viola
RSO Wien
Peter Eötvös conductor

Courtesy of ORF | www.orf.at

Schnittke Shostakovich

Schnittke Shostakovich

Schnittke: Concerto for viola and orchestra (second movement Allegro molto)

Shostakovich: Sonata for viola and piano (second movement Allegretto)

The second of Antoine Tamestit’s BBT-supported discs on Ambroisie includes his first concerto recording - and it is no coincidence that it is Schnittke, a work that has been central to his career to date.  Shostakovich’s final work, the Sonata for viola and piano (with long-time collaborator Markus Hadulla) provides the perfect accompaniment.

Antoine Tamestit viola

Ambroisie AM168 | www.naive.fr

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

Bach Ligeti - Chaconne

Bach Ligeti - Chaconne

J.S. Bach: Partita No.2 for violin BWV 1004 transcribed for viola (third movement Sarabande)

Ligeti: Sonata for viola (fourth movement Presto con sordino)

"Tamestit’s lively, historically informed manner extends through the earlier movements of the Partita, the rhythmic character of each dance emerging with great clarity. The performance of the Ligeti - a magnificent, enthralling piece that’s already emerged as a peak of the viola repertoire - is extraordinarily clean and accurate." (Gramophone August 2007)

Antoine Tamestit viola
from the CD Bach Ligeti - Chaconne

NAI AM111 | www.naive.fr

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

Schubert Trout Quintet

Schubert Trout Quintet

Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, D677 "Trout" Quintet (first movement Allegro vivace)

Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, D677 "Trout" Quintet (fourth movement - Theme (Andandtino) and Variations)

"More completely satisfactory than any account I have ever heard of this work" BBC Music Magazine, July 2009

Three BBT Award Winners - Martin Helmchen, Antoine Tamestit and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker - are joined by BBT Honorary Committee member Christian Tetzlaff.

Martin Helmchen piano
Christian Tetzlaff violin
Antoine Tamestit viola
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker cello
Alois Posch double bass


PTC 5186 334 | www.pentatonemusic.com

A PLACE OF EMOTION, A PLACE OF INSPIRATION

Antoine Tamestit recording Shostakovich and Schnittke, masterworks for viola

Antoine Tamestit feels that he has achieved a "live" sound for his CD of Schnittke and Shostakovich. The Shostakovich sonata (with pianist Markus Hadulla) was largely recorded using complete takes at Studio Tibor Varga, Switzerland. The Schnittke concerto was recorded live with Warsaw Philharmonic and Dmitrij Kitajenko in Warsaw.  "I love to come somewhere for a project and feel the atmosphere. Here in Warsaw you feel a little bit more the influence of the east, which is important for this repertoire... I feel I’m in a historic place – a place of emotion, a place of inspiration." Antoine Tamestit.

A PLACE OF EMOTION, A PLACE OF INSPIRATION (Part 2)

Antoine Tamestit recording Shostakovich and Schnittke, masterworks for viola

Antoine Tamestit feels that he has achieved a "live" sound for his CD of Schnittke and Shostakovich. The Shostakovich sonata (with pianist Markus Hadulla) was largely recorded using complete takes at Studio Tibor Varga, Switzerland. The Schnittke concerto was recorded live with Warsaw Philharmonic and Dmitrij Kitajenko in Warsaw. "I love to come somewhere for a project and feel the atmosphere. Here in Warsaw you feel a little bit more the influence of the east, which is important for this repertoir... I feel I’m in a historic place – a place of emotion, a place of inspiration." Antoine Tamestit.

Artist Website

www.tamestit.org

General Management

Jacques Thélen at Agence Artistique Jacques Thélen 
telephone: +33 1 56 89 32 00
jthelen@wanadoo.fr 
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UK, USA, Scandinavia and Australasia

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jford@intermusica.co.uk 
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telephone: +44 20 7608 9926
asoto@intermusica.co.uk
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