Violist Antoine Tamestit.

Six years ago, while I was overdosing on music during a trip to New York City, I attended a concert by violist Antoine Tamestit. He’s had an additional six years of experience, and as with any skill, hard work and good teachers help you to improve.

In this new recording you can hear Mr. Tamestit in the following music:


  • Viola Works

Paul Hindemith:

  • Sonata for Viola & Piano in F major, Op. 11 No. 4, with Markus Hadulla (piano)
  • Sonata for Solo Viola, Op. 25 No. 1
  • Der Schwanendreher, with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi conducting
  • Trauermusik, with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi conducting

Performed by Antoine Tamestit (viola)

Antoine Tamestit has dedicated his eagerly awaited new recording to German composer Paul Hindemith, whose 50th anniversary of death was celebrated in 2013.

Hindemith was a brilliant viola player whose compositions widened the repertoire for this instrument, ranging from solo pieces to concertos.

This recording features the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, one of the major German orchestras, conducted by leading conductor Paavo Järvi.

Born in Paris in 1979, Mr. Tamestit was initially inspired by his teachers Jean Sulem, Jesse Levine and Tabea Zimmermann, and soon came to international prominence by winning, in rapid succession, the Maurice Vieux, the William Primrose, Young Concert Artists and the ARD Competitions.

With the support of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Foundation and several important awards (Deutschlandfunk-Förderpreis, Victoires de la Musique, Crédit Suisse), Tamestit has quickly become one of the most sought-after viola players.

Mr. Tamestit plays on the first viola ever crafted by the amazing string instrument builder Antonio Stradivari. Listen now to the dark wonderful tone that this instrument produces:

Here is Hindemith’s “Der Schwanendreher”, featured on this recording:



And next, Mr. Tamestit performs the Prélude from the suite for violoncello, BWV 1007, by Bach:



Tags: Antoine Tamestit, Violist, Hindemith, Bach