Antje Weithaas, Violin
Ouvertüre c-Moll zu Collins Trauerspiel ›Coriolan‹, op. 62
Konzert für Violine und Orchester D-Dur, op. 77
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sinfonie Nr. 4 B-Dur, op. 60
Her charisma and stage presence are captivating without overshadowing the works themselves: unpretentious and always giving the music precedence, Antje Weithaas infuses every detail of the music with a compelling musical intelligence and an unparalleled technical mastery. As one of the most sought-after artists of her generation, Weithaas has a wide-ranging repertoire that includes the great concertos by Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann, new works such as Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto, modern classics by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Ligeti and Gubaidulina, and lesser performed concertos by Hartmann and Schoeck.
As a soloist, Weithaas has worked with most of Germany’s leading orchestras, including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberg Symphony and the major German radio orchestras, as well as numerous major international orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony and the leading orchestras of the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Asia. She has collaborated with the illustrious conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Neville Marriner, Marc Albrecht, Sakari Oramo and Carlos Kalmar.
The Arcanto Quartet, with fellow violinist Daniel Sepec, violist Tabea Zimmermann and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, has been particularly important for Weithaas’ chamber music activities. They have released CDs on the label Harmonia Mundi with works by Bartók, Brahms, Ravel, Dutilleux, Debussy, Schubert and Mozart.
Weithaas produced a reference recording of Beethoven and Berg’s violin concertos in 2013 (CAvi-music). Also with CAvi: the complete recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas and Eugène Ysaÿe’s solo sonatas. The label cpo recently released Vol. 2 of the complete recording of Max Bruch’s works for violin and orchestra to great acclaim. With the NDR Radio Philharmonic and cpo she did recordings of Schumann’s Violin Concerto and Brahms’ Double Concerto with Maximilian Hornung, conducted by Andrew Manze.
Weithaas studied at the Hochschule für Musik ›Hanns Eisler‹ Berlin. She won the Kreisler Competition in Graz in 1987 and the Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1988, as well as the Hanover International Violin Competition in 1991. After teaching at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Weithaas became a professor at ›Hanns Eisler‹ in 2004.
She plays on a 2001 Peter Greiner violin.