Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Antoine Tamestit
BBT Award 2006

Antoine Tamestit - Audio

Antoine Tamestit – Schnittke: Viola Concerto & Shostakovich: Viola Sonata

Schnittke: Viola Concerto
Shostakovich: Sonata for Viola & Piano

Antoine Tamestit viola

Ambroisie AM168 |

The second of Antoine Tamestit’s BBT-supported discs on Ambroisie includes his first concerto recording – and it is no coincidence that it is Schnittke, a work that has been central to his career to date.  Shostakovich’s final work, the Sonata for viola and piano (with long-time collaborator Markus Hadulla) provides the perfect accompaniment.

Antoine Tamestit – Bach Ligeti: Chaconne

Antoine Tamestit viola
from the CD Bach Ligeti – Chaconne

NAI AM111 |

With his 2006 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, violist Antoine Tamestit made recordings Ambroisie, including this solo disc with music by both Bach and Ligeti.

“Tamestit’s lively, historically informed manner extends through the earlier movements of the Partita, the rhythmic character of each dance emerging with great clarity. The performance of the Ligeti – a magnificent, enthralling piece that’s already emerged as a peak of the viola repertoire – is extraordinarily clean and accurate.”
Gramophone, August 2007

Olga Neuwirth Viola Concerto Remnants of Songs… An Amphigory

Olga Neuwirth: Viola Concerto Remnants of Song… An Amphigory

Antoine Tamestit viola
RSO Wien
Peter Eötvös conductor

Courtesy of ORF |

Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award winner in 2006, violist Antoine Tamestit gave the world premiere of Olga Neuwrith’s Viola Concert entitled Remnants of Songs… An Amphigory. It was co-commisioned for him by the BBT with ORF, Musikprotokoll Graz, Wien Modern, DSO Berlin and the late Betty Freeman.

This is an excerpt from the world premiere at the Musikprotokoll Graz on 10 October 2009, with the RSO Wien under Peter Eötvös. It was performed again on 20 November 2009 at Wien Modern and 31 January 2010 with DSO Berlin conducted by Alejo Perez.

Schubert Trout Quintet

Martin Helmchen piano
Christian Tetzlaff violin
Antoine Tamestit viola
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker cello
Alois Posch double bass

PTC 5186 334 |

Three BBT Award Winners – Martin Helmchen, Antoine Tamestit and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker – are joined by BBT Honorary Committee member Christian Tetzlaff on Pentatone Classics for Schubert’s Trout Quintet.

“More completely satisfactory than any account I have ever heard of this work”
BBC Music Magazine, July 2009