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World-Renowned Violist Tabea Zimmermann Joins Utah Symphony for BRAVO! Performance 

Legendary Viola Icon to Perform on BYU Campus, Part of BRAVO! Performing Arts Series

As part of the BRAVO! Professional Performing Arts Series, the Utah Symphony comes to BYU this month, joined by viola virtuoso Tabea Zimmermann, for an exciting U.S. premiere of Swiss Composer Michael Jarrell’s “Émergences-Résurgences.” The piece was written specifically for Zimmermann and was co-commissioned by the Utah Symphony. The concert will also be conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya’s debut with the Utah Symphony. She currently serves as the music director of Chicago Opera Theatre and is considered a rising star in conducting.

BRAVO! director and presenter Lyndsay Keith said, “Zimmermann was scheduled to premiere “Émergences-Résurgences” in November 2020 here at BYU, and though that event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m thrilled that we were able to reschedule her appearance and give the piece its U.S. premiere.”

Zimmermann is considered one of the best violists in the world and has recorded almost the entire repertoire for her instrument. Composers such as György Ligeti, Wolfgang Rihm and Georges Lentz have dedicated works to her. Zimmermann has also contributed to musical education—she was once the youngest professor in Germany and serves as the chair of the Hindemith Foundation and the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. Through her own foundation, the David Shallon Foundation, she supports intercultural projects.

“This will be such a special performance,” Keith said. “Zimmermann is known as the ‘queen of the viola,’ and rightly so. Every string player in Utah County will want to be present!”

Tickets and Show Details:
Date & Time: Thursday, February 22 | 7:30 pm
Location: Music Building Concert Hall
Price: $10-38
Tickets: Available online at