Principal conductor of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Zehetmair enjoys enviable international acclaim not only as a violinist, but also as a conductor and chamber musician. The 2019-20 season sees him take up his position as Chief Conductor of the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and he continues as Chief Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, a post he has held since 2016. This season he tours with them to South Korea and Tokyo with Mischa Maisky as a soloist.
Zehetmair has appeared as a conductor and violinist with orchestras including Seattle Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Hamburger Philharmoniker. He was Chief Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Artistic Partner of St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra and Music Director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia with whom he continues his association as Conductor Laureate.
In the 19-20 season, Zehetmair conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic and returns to Royal Northern Sinfonia, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra. He is soloist with Philharmonia Orchestra (Herreweghe) and NDR Hannover (Manze).
Thomas Zehetmair has an extensive and varied discography as a violinist, conductor and with the Zehetmair Quartet. His recording of the Paganini Caprices attracted a Midem Classic Award and his rendition of the Elgar Concerto with the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder received a Gramophone Award in 2010. Recent recordings include Brahms Four Symphonies and Bruckner Symphony No.3 with Musikkollegium Winterthur. His latest CD release is Bach Six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin.
The Zehetmair Quartet has been awarded the Paul Hindemith Prize by the City of Hanau for outstanding musical achievement. Thomas Zehetmair was honoured by the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and holds honorary doctorates from the Liszt University in Weimar and Newcastle University.