Read our interview with violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair as we celebrate his 50th birthday on the Full Works Concert.
Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair is the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Northern Sinfonia
- Zehetmair, the Austrian violinist and conductor, studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum where both of his parents taught.
- His festival debut took place at the early age of 16.
- He formed a string quartet in 1994 called, after himself, The Zehetmair Quartet, that perform all works entirely from memory and learn one new programme per year.
- He has gone on to have success as both a soloist and as part of his quartet and later developed a parallel career in conducting.
- He was named the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Northern Sinfonia in 2002.
- As a guest conductor he has appeared with the likes of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra to name but a few.
Did you know?
He is married to one of the members of the Zehetmair Quartet, Ruth Killius.
With the Radio Kamer Filharmonie
Thomas Zehetmair and Northern Sinfonia have scaled The Sage Gateshead's roof to mark the end of their 50th Anniversary season.
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