Antje Weithaas belongs to the great violinists of our time
It is hardly possible to imagine a better advocate of music than Antje Weithaas. Music and communication with her fellow musicians and the audience are always the main focus. Today, she is one of the most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians of her generation. Her wide range of repertoire includes the great concertos by Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann and modern classics by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Ligeti and Gubaidulina, but also rarities such as the violin concertos by Korngold, Hartmann and Schoeck.
Antje Weithaas has been invited to play with leading German orchestras like Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberger Symphoniker and the major German radio orchestras as well as numerous major international orchestras such as Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony and the leading orchestras of the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Asia. She has worked with renowned conductors like Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Neville Marriner, Yuri Temirkanov, Yakov Kreizberg, Sakari Oramo, Carlos Kalmar and Christian Zacharias.
Highlights of her concert season 2008/2009 include Haydn Violin Concerto in C major with Ensemble Oriol in Berlin’s Philharmonie, Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Orchestra of the State Opera Hanover under Wolfgang Bozic, Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Bern Symphony Orchestra under Andrey Boreyko, Berg Violin Concerto with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra Perth under Johannes Fritzsch and Karlowicz Violin Concerto with the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig under Roman Kofman.
Antje Weithaas is particularly active in the chamber music field with musical partners such as Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff, Clemens Hagen, Silke Avenhaus, Sharon Kam and Lars Vogt. The Arcanto Quartet, with violinist Daniel Sepec, violist Tabea Zimmermann and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, continues to be a special focus for Antje Weithaas’s chamber music activities. After a highly successful concert debut in Stuttgart in June 2004, they have taken the chamber music world by storm, giving debut concerts at the Beethovenhaus Bonn, Wigmore Hall London, Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Conservatoire Royal Brussels, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Cologne, Konzerthaus Vienna, Auditorio Nacional de Musica Madrid as well as Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele and the festivals of Edinburgh, Helsinki and Montreux. In the 06/07 season, they released their first CD on the Harmonia Mundi label (Bartók String Quartets Nos. 5 and 6) and went on tour in Japan and Israel for the first time.
Debuts at the Tivoli Festival Copenhagen, Rheingau Musik Festival, Kunstfest Weimar, Tonhalle Zürich and Philharmonie Berlin, return visits to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Helsinki and Madrid, and the release of their second CD on Harmonia Mundi (Brahms String Quartet op. 51 No. 1 and Piano Quintet op. 34 with pianist Silke Avenhaus) were highlights of their 2008/2009 season. Also with Silke Avenhaus, Antje Weithaas has recorded two highly acclaimed CDs for CAvi-music with Brahms Violin Sonatas and works by Schubert, a third CD with works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Fauré has just been released. A CD of duo recordings by Antje Weithaas and Tabea Zimmermann, with works by Mozart and Spohr, appeared on the Capriccio label in 2006 and has been nominated for the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis.
Antje Weithaas began playing the violin at the age of four and later studied at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin with Professor Werner Scholz. In 1987, she was the winner of the Kreisler Competition in Graz, and went on to win the Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1988 and the International Violin Competition in Hannover in 1991. After having taught at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Antje Weithaas became professor at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in 2004. Her violin was built by Peter Greiner in 2001.
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