Antoine Tamestit

French violist (Paris, 1979 - )

Antoine Tamestit studied at the Paris Conversatoire with Jean Sulem, then with Jesse Levine and the Tokyo Quartet at Yale University in the United States and finally besides Tabea Zimmermann in Berlin. After winning the first prize at the William Primrose Competition in 2001, he was invited to perform in many festivals, like in Aix-en-Provence ou at the viola international congress in Seattle. In January 2003, thanks to his first prize at the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York, he had the occasion to perform in Boston, Washington and New York.

Nominated at the BBC New Generation Artist, he is regularly invited to England for radio recordings and recitals. Fond of chamber musique, Antoine Tamestit plays in many festivals, like at the Folles Journées de Nantes, and alongside many musicians such as Gidon Kremer, Paul Meyer, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, David Geringas, Nicholas Angelich or Natalia Gutman.

In September 2008, he made his debut with the Vienna Symphony at the Lucerne Festival under the conducting of Riccardo Muti. Already invited by several German, Swizz or Belgian orchestras, he played with Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi during the season 2010-2011. He also toured with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Myung-Whun Chung.

Teacher at the Musikhochschule of Cologne, he has been playing since 2008 on the first viola built by Stradivarius in 1672, lent to him by the Habisreutinger Foundation.

Six landmark dates in the life of Antoine Tamestit

2000: First prize at the Maurice Vieux competition in Paris
2002: Recorded the duet Viola, viola of Georges Benjamin with Tabea Zimmermann
2007: Instrumental Revelation of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique classique
2008: Founded the Trio Zimmermann with Christian Poltera (cello) and Frank-Peter Zimmermann (violin)
2010: Createed the Viola Concerto of Olga Neuwirth, composed for him
2011: Guest of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Chung for a tour in Germany

Radio France Documentation biography, September 2013