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Thomas Zehetmair enjoys enviable international acclaim not only as a violinist, but also as a conductor and chamber musician. He is Chief Conductor of Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and Musikkollegium Winterthur. Zehetmair has appeared as a conductor and violinist with orchestras including Seattle Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Eighteenth-Century, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Hamburger Philharmoniker. He was Chief Conductor of Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Artistic Partner of St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra and Music Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia with whom he continues his association as Conductor Laureate. In the 20/21 season, Zehetmair conducts the Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and returns to Royal Northern Sinfonia and Irish Chamber Orchestra. He is soloist with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony (Weigle), gives a solo recital at Toppan Hall Tokyo and performs with Zehetmair Quartet in Amsterdam, Germany and the UK. Thomas Zehetmair has an extensive and varied discography as a violinist, conductor and with the Zehetmair Quartet. His recording of the Paganini Caprices attracted a Midem Classic Award and his rendition of the Elgar Concerto with the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder received a Gramophone Award in 2010. Recent recordings include Brahms Four Symphonies and Bruckner Symphony No.3 with Musikkollegium Winterthur. His latest CD release is Bach Six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, selected by the New York Times as one of “The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2019” and also by Die Zeit as one of their favourite recordings of 2019. The Zehetmair Quartet has been awarded the Paul Hindemith Prize by the City of Hanau for outstanding musical achievement. Thomas Zehetmair was honoured by the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and holds honorary doctorates from the Liszt University in Weimar and Newcastle University.