Antje Weithaas – violine – leader
«Antje Weithaas is one of the great violinists of our time.» (FonoForum)
One can hardly imagine a better advocate for music than Antje Weithaas. For her, not only does music itself take the fore but also its conveyance to the public. As one of the most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians of her generation, Antje Weithaas has a wide-ranging repertoire that includes the great concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schumann, new works such as the Violin Concerto by Jörg Widmann, modern classics by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Ligeti and Gubaidulina, and lesser performed concertos by Korngold, Hartmann, and Schoeck.
Antje Weithaas has been invited to perform with Germany’s leading orchestras, including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberger Symphoniker, and the major German radio orchestras, as well as numerous major international orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony, and the leading orchestras of the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Asia. She has worked with the illustrious conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Neville Marriner, Yuri Temirkanov, Yakov Kreizberg, Sakari Oramo, and Carlos Kalmar.
Two concerts at the Alte Oper Frankfurt kicked off the 2012/13 season. Together with soprano Mojca Erdmann and the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg under François-Xavier Roth, Antje Weithaas performed Wolfgang Rihm’s Fremdes Licht as well as works by Berg and Messiaen with Jörg Widmann, Nicolas Altstaedt and Dénes Várjon. As artistic director of the Camerata Bern, she again toured Mexico in October. In Bern, she will also perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto as well as projects with Christoph Prégardien, Patrick and Thomas Demenga and Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula. A special highlight of the season will be her performance as soloist in a concert with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest under James McMillan. After a highly acclaimed duo concert at Carnegie Hall last season, she will again perform in recital with Christian Tetzlaff at Wigmore Hall.
The Arcanto Quartet, with fellow violinist Daniel Sepec, violist Tabea Zimmermann, and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, continues to be particularly important for Antje Weithaas’s chamber music activities. In the last years, the quartet performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Palau de la Música Barcelona, Théâtre du Châtelet and Cité de la Musique Paris, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Konzerthaus Vienna, and they toured Israel, Japan and North America. On the label Harmonia Mundi they released CDs with works by Bartók, Brahms, Ravel, Dutilleux, and Debussy. Beside their regular appearances at the Rheingau Musik Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the quartet will perform in the current season again at the Philharmonie Cologne, at Bozar Brussels, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Fundación Caja Madrid, at de Singel Antwerpen, at Wigmore Hall London and at the Cuvilliéstheater in Munich. For the first time the Arcanto Quartet will appear at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik and at the Kammermusikgemeinde Hannover.
Antje Weithaas has released several highly praised recordings of sonatas by Brahms and Mendelssohn, as well as of works by Dvorák, Suk, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Fauré with Silke Avenhaus on the CAvi-music label. She recorded Mendelssohn’s concerto for violin, piano and orchestra (with Alexander Lonquich) as well as his string quintet no. 2 in B flat major op. 87 for string orchestra with the Camerata Bern.
Antje Weithaas began playing the violin at age four and later studied at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin with Professor Werner Scholz. She won the Kreisler Competition in Graz in 1987 and the Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1988, as well as the Hannover International Violin Competition in 1991. After teaching at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Antje Weithaas became a professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in 2004. She plays on a 2001 Peter Greiner violin.