Nils Mönkemeyer
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Artistic brilliance and innovative programming are the hallmarks with which Nils Mönkemeyer has distinguished himself as one of the most internationally successful violists and helped the viola to gain enormous attention.

As an exclusive artist with Sony Classical, he has released numerous albums in recent years that have been highly praised by the press and awarded prizes. Mönkemeyer's programmes range from discoveries and first recordings of original viola literature of the 18th century to modern music and his own arrangements. The most recently released CDs are recordings of Walton, Bruch and Pärt with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Markus Poschner, the chamber music album "Baroque" and the latest album on which Nils Mönkemeyer, together with the ensemble l ́arte del mondo, combines Paganini's Sonata per la Grand' Viola e Orchestra with arrangements of cello and bassoon concertos by Antonio Vivaldi and "L'arte del arco" by Giuseppe Tartini.

Nils Mönkemeyer works with conductors such as Andrej Boreyko, Sylvain Cambreling, Constantinos Carydis, Nicholas Collon, Reinhard Goebel, Elias Grandy, Pietari Inkinen, Vladimir Jurowski, Joana Mallwitz, Andrew Manze, Cornelius Meister, Mark Minkowski, Kent Nagano, Markus Poschner, Kristiina Poska, Michael Sanderling, Clemens Schuldt, Markus Stenz, Mario Venzago or Simone Young and performs as a soloist with orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Musiciens du Louvre, the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della svizzera italiana, the German Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Munich Chamber Orchestra or the Berlin Baroque Soloists.

Nils Mönkemeyer was and is Artist in Residence of two important festivals in 2021: in summer the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern portrayed him in numerous orchestral and chamber music concerts as Laureate in Residence, and in autumn he can be experienced with specially conceived programmes as Resident Artist of the Schwetzingen SWR Festival.

In the 2021/22 season he will be performing with, among others. with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen and Kristiina Poska on tour in BeNeLux and Estonia, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as well as in Vienna, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Munich and at the Schubertiade, the Niedersächsische Musiktage, the Heidelberger Frühling and the Mozartfest Würzburg. Other special projects of the season include tours with Sabine Meyer and William Youn as well as with the Julia Fischer Quartet.

In addition, as a musician he pursues a heart's desire: To build bridges with music and make it accessible to those who are disadvantaged in life. To this end, Nils Mönkemeyer founded the chamber music festival "Klassik für Alle" (Classics for All) together with Caritas Bonn in 2016.

Since 2011, Mönkemeyer has been a professor at the University of Music and Theatre in Munich, where he himself once studied with Hariolf Schlichtig. Previous posts included a two-year professorship at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden and an assistant professorship at the Escuela Superior Musica Reina Sofia Madrid.
Nils Mönkemeyer plays on a viola by Philipp Augustin.


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