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One of the best of the young guard of viola virtuosos. Impressive phrasing, security of rhythm and intonation and a sense of architecture
- Süddeutsche Zeitung May 2013
Nils Mönkemeyer has again and again showcased his artistic brilliance and innovative programming, talent that has brought him international acclaim whilst igniting an enthusiastic and growing interest in his instrument, the viola.
Under exclusive contract with Sony Classical, Mönkemeyer has released five CDs, garnering both critical praise and prestigious awards. All of his recordings have risen to the top of the German classical music charts. Mönkemeyer has attempted to trace the milestones of the Viola in these albums, from his discovery and premiere recordings of original 18th century manuscripts, through to modern pieces and his own transcriptions.
Mönkemeyer’s concert career took off at an early stage, during his student days under the tutelage of Harolf Schlichtig at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. During that time he received a number of awards including first prize at the 2006 International Yuri Bashmet Viola Competition in Moscow, as well as the top prize at the DMW German Music Competition in the same year. In 2009 he claimed the renowned Parkhouse Chamber Music Award in London with Nicholas Rimmer. Coming full circle, Mönkemeyer has recently accepted a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich following two years as professor at Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden and a period as assistant professor at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia Madrid.
Performances have included collaborations with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cologne Radio Symphony, SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Vienna Radio Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Dresden Philharmonic, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra and the Moscow Soloists under the direction of Yuri Bashmet. Mönkemeyer works regularly with conductors such as Michail Jurowski, Michael Sanderling, Cornelius Meister, and the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Mario Venzago, Muhai Tang, Emmanuel Krivine, Simone Young and Christopher Hogwood.
Mönkemeyer is a regular guest at international festivals and concert halls including London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Hamburg Musikhalle, Bozar in Brussels, Cologne Philharmonic and the Musikverein in Vienna. He has appeared in such festivals as the Rheingau Music Festival, Chamber Music Festival Lockenhaus, Gidon Kremer’s Chamber Music Festival, Lower Saxony’s Music Days, Heidelberg Spring, Mecklenberg Vorpommern Festival and the Mozart Festival in Würzburg. He will appear for a second time as Artist-in-Residence at the Festival Mitte Europa.
His regular chamber music partners include Julia Fischer, Alina Ibragimova, Vilde Frang, Brett Dean, Veronika Eberle, Nicholas Rimmer, William Youn and Christoph Poppen.
Highlights of the 2016/2017 season include an artist residency at the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, and holding the position of artistic director at the Festspielfrühling Rügen.
Mönkemeyer’s instrument was created in the Munich workshop of renowned violin maker Peter Erben.