Tobias Steymans, violin
Tobias Steymans is concertmaster of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchetra which was ranked among the top 6 orchestras worldwide by Grammophone magazine in 2008.
He began playing the violin at the age of six. As a preparatory student at the Music Academy in Cologne where he won 1st prizes at the "Jugend musiziert" Competition and the Tonger Competition. While in Germany Mr. Steymans studied with prestigious teachers Igor Ozim and Zakhar Bron before his studies in the United States. His move to Boston began a two-year full-tuition scholarship culminating with the degree ofArtist Diploma as a student of Joseph Silverstein, the legendary concertmaster emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Additionally he was influenced by such eminent violinists as Christian Tetzlaff, Thomas Zehetmair, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Ana Chumachenko, Donald Weilerstein and Max Rostal.
Steymans was a prize-winner at the 1994 International Violin Competition Georg Kulenkampff, first prize winner at the 1995 Yfrah Neaman Violin Competition and received a grant from"Deutscher Musikrat" in 1996. In 1997 he was awarded the Mozart Prize from the Mozart Society in Wiesbaden and in 1998 he received the Hans und Eugenia Jütting Grant. He was co-founder of the “Suavis String Quartet” and is a member of the “Ensemble Chamaeleon”which in 2014 premiered the 2nd piano trio by Stanley Silverman in Switzerland. In 2009 he appeared along side of world famous soprano Cecilia Bartoli in Rome, Turin, Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen playing exerpts of Beriot's Violin Concerto No. 7 and the duet aria "Infelice" by Mendelssohn. Recently he has performed the Schubert Trout Quintet with Maria João Pires, Bartok Contrasts with Yefim Bronfman and the Mendelssohn Octet with Gil Shaham.
Tobias is a frequent guest at numerous important music festivals, such as Schleswig-Holstein, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Aldeburgh, Prussia Cove and Ravinia. He was featured in a number of radio and television broadcasts, including a WDR telecast in the series "Podium junger Künstler", "Träume ohne Schäume" and a live broadcast onWGBH Boston, playing sonatas by Mozart and Debussy with pianist Momo Shinohara. Solo appearances have taken him to the Cologne Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Musikhalle Hamburg, NDRsaal Hannover, Händelsaal Halle, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Wiesbaden Kurhaus, Bremen Glocke, Karlsruhe Congress Center, Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg, Prinzregententheater and Herkulessal München. Recently he has appeared as a soloist with the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in the Brandenburg Concerto Nr.4, conducted by Giovanni Antonini.