Frank Peter Zimmermann studied with Valery Gradov, Saschko Gawriloff and Herman Krebbers, and built up a brilliant career. Besides performing with many of the leading orchestras he is also active in chamber music.
Among his regular accompanists are the pianists Enrico Pace, Piotr Anderszewski and Emanuel Ax, and together with the viola player Antoine Tamestit and cellist Christian Poltéra he forms the Trio Zimmermann.
He is much in demand at music festivals in Europe, the United States, South America, Japan and Australia. Frank Peter Zimmermann won a number of major prizes, including the Rheinische Kulturpreis (in 1994), the Musikpreis of his native town Duisburg (in 2002) and the Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (in 2008).
His violin, the ‘ex Dragonetti’ Stradivarius from 1711, he plays thanks to Portigon AG. The instrument belonged to Fritz Kreisler in the past.
Since his debut in 1990 Frank Peter Zimmermann has played with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra several times. In November 2015, he played Shostakovich’s Second Violin Concerto with the orchestra, conducted by Jakub Hrůša.