With artistic brilliance and innovative programming, Nils Mönkemeyer has swiftly established himself as one of the most successful international violists of recent times. As a soloist, he has performed in almost all renowned concert halls from Vienna to London as well as at numerous festivals – including the Bach Festival in Montreal and the Rheingau Music Festival, where he has played with top international orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin and the Orchestre de Chambre Lausanne, all under the direction of celebrated conductors such as Andrej Boreyko, Sylvain Cambreling, Simone Young, Kent Nagano or Mario Venzago, to name but a few.
As an exclusive Sony Classical artist, the violist has released several albums in recent years, all of which have been highly praised by the media and which have won a number of awards. Programmes range from discoveries of original 18th century viola literature to contemporary works, some of which are his own arrangements. Alongside his international appearances with larger orchestras, chamber music concerts will feature heavily among his projects in 2019, including the piano quartet with Alina Ibragimova, Christian Poltera and William Youn. Mönkemeyer, who has been Professor and Munich College of Music and Drama since 2011 – where he himself studied with Hariolf Schlichtig – is playing for the first time together with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.