is one of the most renowned and celebrated performers of our time. Audiences and fellow musicians value her profound musical insight and the naturalness of her playing. The violist has received numerous awards for her artistic accomplishments, most recently the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2020.
As a soloist, she regularly works with the world’s leading orchestras. In recent years, she has held residencies in Weimar and Luxembourg, and with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Hamburg’s Ensemble Resonanz, with which she continues to collaborate closely.
Zimmermann has awakened the interest of many contemporary composers in the viola, and has premiered several new works. Her discography encompasses more than 50 award-winning CDs, among them recordings of Paul Hindemith’s complete works for viola, and pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and Max Reger. One of the highlights of her intensive engagement with Ludwig van Beethoven involved recording using the composer’s own viola.
Zimmermann lives in Berlin and has three (almost) adult children. She has been teaching at the Hanns Eisler University of Music since 2002.