Biography

Ever since winning one of the most renowned international oboe competitions in 2009, Viola Wilmsen has been performing as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world. She has been highly praised for her “extremely modulated, noble tone”, her “intimate and sensitive playing” and her “great expressive power as a soloist”. Since 2012 she has been principal oboist of the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, having previously heldthe same position for three years at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.Viola Wilmsen studied with Diethelm Jonas in Lübeck, Jacques Tys in Paris and Dominik Wollenweber in Berlin.

In 2009 Viola Wilmsen won the first prize at the International Sony Oboe Competition in Japan. In the 30-year history of the competition, she was the first woman and the first German to win this award.
She won further first prizes at various competitions, for example the International Wind Competition “AudiMozart!” of the Italian Mozart Society and the Mozarteum Salzburg, at the “Michal Spisak Competition” in Poland, at the “Young Musician of the Year” Competition in England as an oboist and pianist, and at the Beethoven Society in Bonn, as well as the audience award of the “Louis Spohr Competition” in Germany. At the German competition “Jugend musiziert”, she received first prizes in the categories oboe, trumpet, piano and chamber music. Together with her ensemble Berlin Counterpoint, she received the 2013 Usedom Music Prize. At the 2011 German Music Competition she won a scholarship and was selected as a featured artist inthe series “Young Artist Concerts”.

Concerts

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Fri, 18.01. Torgau

mit Esther Birringer, Peter Müseler

Sat, 19.01. Alsfeld

Berolina Ensemble

Sun, 20.01. Bad Iburg

Hardenberg-Trio

Wed, 23.01. Sulzbach-Rosenberg

Hardenberg-Trio

Sun, 27.01. Hösel

Hardenberg-Trio

Tue, 29.01. Bad Berleburg

Hardenberg-Trio

Wed, 20.02. Berlin

Sextett u.a. mit Přemysl Vojta

Fri, 08.03. Pasewalk

Hardenberg-Trio

Sun, 14.04. Rheinberg

Hardenberg-Trio

Tue, 16.04. Bad-Honnef

Hardenberg-Trio

Sat, 27.04. Töging am Inn

Hardenberg-Trio

Thu, 02.05. Berlin

Trio u.a. mit Přemysl Vojta

Sat, 04.05. Neunburg

Hardenberg-Trio

Sun, 05.05. Villa Elisabeth, Berlin

Berlin Counterpoint

Mon, 06.05. Trinitatiskirche, Bonn

Berlin Counterpoint

Tue, 07.05. Bonn

Berlin Counterpoint

Sun, 26.05. Philharmonie, Essen

Hardenberg-Trio

Sun, 11.08. Open Air Konzert auf der Internationalen Gartenschau, Hamburg

Bach-Doppelkonzert mit Gustav Frielinghaus und Hamburger Camerata

Bach Doppelkonzert

Wed, 28.08. Palazzo dei Congressi, Stresa

Festival-Orchester unter Gianandrea Noseda

Mozart, Schubert

Sun, 15.09. Sala Mare a Palatului, Bukarest

RSB unter Marek Janowski

Das Rheingold

Mon, 16.09. Sala Mare a Palatului, Bukarest

RSB unter Marek Janowski

Die Walküre

Thu, 19.09. Sala Mare a Palatului, Bukarest

RSB unter Marek Janowski

Siegfried

Sun, 22.09. Sala Mare a Palatului, Bukarest

RSB unter Marek Janowski

Götterdämmerung

Thu, 26.09. Villa Elisabeth, Berlin

Berlin Counterpoint

Mozart, Poulenc, Tüür u.a.

Fri, 11.10. Slowakische Philharmonie, Bratislava

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Sat, 12.10. Konzerthalle Vatroslav, Lisinski Zagreb

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Sun, 13.10. Teatro Nuovo Giovanni, Udine

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Thu, 31.10. Berliner Philharmoniem, Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Schnittke, Beethoven, Dvořák

Tue, 12.11. Stadthalle, Göppingen

Berlin Counterpoint

Thu, 14.11. Villa Elisabeth, Berlin

Berlin Counterpoint

Beethoven, Strauss, Ligeti u.a.

Tue, 10.12. Victoria Hall, Genf

Camerata Bern unter Antje Weithaas

Mendelssohn

Sun, 15.12. Kulturcasino, Bern

Camerata Bern unter Antje Weithaas

Haydn, Händel, Schubert

Fri, 27.12. Lenzerheide, Schweiz

Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden unter Achim Fiedler

Strauss Oboenkonzert

Mon, 30.12. Scuol, Schweiz

Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden unter Achim Fiedler

Strauss Oboenkonzert

Wed, 01.01. Arosa, Schweiz

Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden unter Achim Fiedler

Strauss Oboenkonzert

Thu, 02.01. Chur, Schweiz

Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden unter Achim Fiedler

Strauss Oboenkonzert

Fri, 03.01. Pontresina, Schweiz

Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden unter Achim Fiedler

Strauss Oboenkonzert

Sat, 04.01. Ilanz, Schweiz

Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden unter Achim Fiedler

Strauss Oboenkonzert

Wed, 15.01. Philharmonie, Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Mahler

Thu, 16.01. Philharmonie, Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Mahler

Fri, 17.01. Joseph-Keilberth-Saal, Bamberg

Berlin Counterpoint

Mozart, Beethoven, Poulenc, Ligeti

Wed, 22.01. Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Carter, Holliger, Huber

Wed, 05.02. Philharmonie, Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Wagner, Strauss

Mon, 17.02. Philharmonie, Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Dvorak, Elgar

Tue, 18.02. Sparkassenforum am Schiffsgraben, Hannover

Berlin Counterpoint

Sun, 23.02. Galerie Art de l´autre, Behaimstr.10, Berlin

Berlin Counterpoint

Strauss, Beethoven, Barber, Poulenc

Thu, 10.04. Philharmonie, Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Brahms, Schostakovich

Thu, 08.05. Philharmonie, Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker

Brahms, Weber

Fri, 09.05. Philharmonie, Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker

Brahms, Weber

Sat, 10.05. Philharmonie, Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker

Brahms, Weber

Wed, 21.05. Philharmonie, Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Mozart, Haydn, Atterberg

Thu, 29.05. Bielefeld

Camerata Bern unter Antje Weithaas

Schubert, Weber

Tue, 03.06. Körberstiftung, Hamburg

Berlin Counterpoint

Sat, 07.06. Philharmonie, Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Mozart, Bruckner

Sun, 08.06. Philharmonie, Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Mozart, Bruckner

Fri, 13.06. Kurpark, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Strauss Festival, Wilde Gungl unter Jaroslav Opela

Strauss Oboenkonzert

Sun, 22.06. Kulturcasino, Bern

Camerata Bern unter Antje Weithaas

Mozart, Mendelssohn

Sun, 06.07. Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival

Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester Berlin

Beethoven, Prokofiev

Fri, 11.07. Karlsbad

Karlsbader Symphoniker, Jaroslav Opela

Strauss Oboenkonzert

Sat, 12.07. Schönbrunn

Karlsbader Symphoniker, Jaroslav Opela

Strauss Oboenkonzert

Sat, 02.08. Kioi Hall, Tokyo

Duo Konzert

Sun, 03.08. Toppan Hall, Tokyo

Solo Konzert mit Tokyo Philharmonic

Fri, 08.08. Rheingau Musik Festival, Kloster Eberbach

Berlin Counterpoint

Sat, 09.08. Rheingau Musik Festival, Kloster Eberbach

Berlin Counterpoint

Sun, 17.08. Summerwinds Festival

Berlin Counterpoint

Barber, Händel, Strauss, Elgar

Sun, 24.08. Brandenburgischer Musiksommer

Berlin Counterpoint

Barber, Händel, Strauss, Elgar

Sat, 13.09. Italien

Camerata Bern unter Antje Weithaas

Beethoven

Sun, 14.09. Kulturcasino, Bern

Camerata Bern unter Antje Weithaas

Beethoven

Mon, 22.09. Pianosalon Christophori

Berlin Counterpoint

Roussel, Poulenc, Dan, Elgar

Sun, 28.09. Philharmonie, Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Britten, Bruckner

Sat, 04.10. Philharmonie, Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Haydn, Mahler

Sun, 05.10. Philharmonie, Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Haydn, Mahler

Mon, 13.10. RBB Kulturradio Klassik Lounge

Berlin Counterpoint

Poulenc, Ligeti, Elgar

Sat, 15.11. Philharmonie, Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Mahler

Sun, 23.11. Heidenheim

Württembergische Kammerphilharmonie Heidenheim, Ariel Zuckermann

Strauss Oboenkonzert

Sun, 07.12. Casino, Bern

Camerata Bern, Antje Weithaas: Violine und Leitung

Brahms Violinkonzert, Brahms Serenade

Sun, 21.12. Kulturradio Kinderkonzert, Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Sibelius

Thu, 01.01.

Viola Wilmsen macht eine Babypause

Fri, 29.05. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Strauss, Schumann, Hindemith

Sat, 13.06. Berlin, Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule

Master Class

Wed, 12.08. Weikersheim,

Dozentin beim Kammermusikkurs der Jeunesses Musicales

Sat, 15.08. Weikersheim, Gewehrhaus am Schloss Weikersheim

Dozenten des Kammermusikkurses

Sat, 05.12. Antwerpen,

Camerata Bern

Leitung und Solistin: Antje Weithaas

Brahms Violinkonzert

Mon, 07.12. Ingolstadt,

Camerata Bern

Leitung und Solistin: Antje Weithaas

Brahms Violinkonzert

Sun, 31.01. Gstaad,

Camerata Bern

Beethoven

Sat, 06.02. Brandenburg, Theater

Solokonzert

Akkordeonorchester Euphonia, Ltg. Sonja Merz

Mozart Oboenkonzert, Marcello Oboenkonzert

Tue, 09.02. Berlin, Konzerthaus

Solokonzert

Akkordeonorchester Euphonia, Ltg. Sonja Merz

Mozart Oboenkonzert, Marcello Oboenkonzert

Tue, 16.02. Köln, Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal

Berlin Counterpoint

Poulenc, Strauss, Francaix, Mozart u.a.

Sat, 26.03. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert

Fri, 01.04. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Holst

Sat, 02.04. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Haydn, Holst

Tue, 05.04. Berlin, Philharmonie

Else Ensemble

Shelly Ezra, Mor Biron, Daniela Shemer, Franziska Hölscher, Lena Eckels

Mozart, Schulhoff u.a.

Sun, 24.04. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Tschaikowsky

Sat, 07.05. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Strauss

Sun, 08.05. Berlin, Philharmonie

Solokonzert

Sinfonietta 92, Ltg. Simon Rössler

Wed, 25.05. Rovereto, Italy,

Jury int. Audi Mozart Competition

Thu, 02.06. Kapfenburg,

Berlin Counterpoint

Mozart, Poulenc, Rosetti, Thuille

Sun, 05.06. Bern, Casino

Camerata Bern

Stravinsky, Beethoven

Tue, 06.09. Berlin, Philharmonie

Münchner Philharmoniker

Valery Gergiev

Schostakovich, Ustwolskaja

Sun, 11.09. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Dvorak, Ligeti

Tue, 13.09. Ostrava, Tschechien,

Solokonzert

Radek Baborak, Pirmin Grehl, Sophie Dartigalongue

Mozart, Sinfonia Concertante

Fri, 23.09. Berlin, Pianosalon Christophori

Berlin Counterpoint

Poulenc

Sun, 25.09. Göttingen,

Berlin Counterpoint

Poulenc

Mon, 10.10. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Lorenzo Viotti

Haydn, Prokofiev, Honegger

Mon, 17.10. Nürtingen,

Berlin Counterpoint

Poulenc

Sat, 29.10. Berlin, Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler"

Jury euyo

Sat, 29.10. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

David Zinman

Barber

Sat, 12.11. München, Gasteig

Münchner Philharmoniker

Valery Gergiev

Prokofiev, Wagner

Sun, 13.11. München, Gasteig

Münchner Philharmoniker

Valery Gergiev, Vilde Frang

Mozart, Prokofiev

Sat, 19.11. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Sir Roger Norrington

Beethoven, Mozart, Williams

Sun, 20.11. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Sir Roger Norrington

Beethoven, Mozart, Williams

Sat, 31.12. Berlin, Tempodrom

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Martyn Brabbins, Nicolas Altstaedt

Circus Roncalli

Sat, 31.12. Berlin, Tempodrom

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Martyn Brabbins, Nicolas Altstaedt

Circus Roncalli

Thu, 19.01. Fürth, Stadttheater

Bamberger Symphoniker

Jakub Hrusa

Brahms, Martinu

Fri, 20.01. Schweinfurt, Theater

Bamberger Symphoniker

Jakub Hrusa

Brahms, Martinu

Sat, 21.01. Bamberg, Konzerthalle

Bamberger Symphoniker

Jakub Hrusa

Brahms, Martinu

Sun, 29.01. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Sibelius, Nielsen

Thu, 09.02. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Mozart, Strauss

Sat, 25.02. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Neeme Järvi, Igor Levit

Beethoven, Strauss

Mon, 13.03. Berlin, Watergate

Berlin Counterpoint

Stravinsky, Wagner u.a.

Tue, 02.05. Novara , Conservatory

Festival Fiati

Wed, 03.05. Novara, Recital

Festival Fiati

E.Bach, Schumann, Poulenc, Ravel

Thu, 04.05. Novara, Conservatory

Festival Fiati

Thu, 15.06. Berlin, Pianosalon Christophori

Recital

Kimiko Imani

tba

Thu, 22.06. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin

Robin Ticciati

Mahler

Sun, 25.06. Litomysl,

Radek Baborak

Berlioz, Dvorak

Wed, 09.08. Weikersheim, Schloss

Jeunesses Musicales

Sun, 20.08. Brandenburg, Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte

Recital

Solo

CANCELLED DUE TO BABY BREAK

Tue, 29.08. Berlin, Mendelssohn Remise

Duo with Kimiko Imani

Kimiko Imani

CANCELLED DUE TO BABY BREAK

Sat, 21.10. Gauting,

Berlin Counterpoint

CANCELLED

DUE TO BABY BREAK

Sun, 22.10.

DUE TO A BABY BREAK

VIOLA WILMSEN WILL PLAY

NO CONCERTS UNTIL 2018!

Sun, 22.04. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester

Sat, 12.05. Hannover,

Berlin Counterpoint

Sun, 20.05. Berlin-Spandau, St. Nikolai Kirche

Quartett

mit Eva-Christina Schönweiß, Annemarie Moorcroft, Mischa Meyer

Sat, 26.05. Neuenhagen,

Berlin Counterpoint

Sun, 27.05. Berlin , Mendelssohn Remise

Berlin Counterpoint

Sat, 02.06. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester

Tue, 12.06. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester

Fri, 22.06. Berlin, Philharmonie

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester

Fri, 06.07. Meiringen,

Camerata Bern

Antje Weithaas

Sun, 08.07. Hannover,

Camerata Bern

Antje Weithaas

Thu, 26.07. Bayreuth, Festspielhaus

Festspielorchester Bayreuth

Parsifal

Tue, 31.07. Bayreuth, Festspielhaus

Festspielorchester Bayreuth

Walküre

Sat, 08.09. Bonn, Beethovenfest Bonn

Berlin Counterpoint

Thu, 01.11. Porto,

Masterclass

Fri, 02.11. Porto,

Masterclass

Thu, 07.03. Neubrandenburg, Konzertkirche

Solokonzert

Sebastian Tewinkel, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie

Bach Oboe d´amore Konzert

Fri, 08.03. Güstrow, Theater

Solokonzert

Sebastian Tewinkel, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie

Bach, Oboe d´amore Konzert

Sun, 10.03. Paderborn,

Solokonzert

mit Thomas Berning, Orchester der Philharmonischen Gesellschaft Paderborn

Mozart Oboenkonzert

Fri, 24.05. Rostock, Theater

Solokonzert

Marcus Bosch, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock

Strauss Oboenkonzert

Sat, 25.05. Rostock, Theater

Solokonzert

Marcus Bosch, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock

Strauss Oboenkonzert

Sun, 26.05. Rostock, Theater

Solokonzert

Marcus Bosch, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock

Strauss Oboenkonzert

Recordings

Discography Audio

Viola Wilmsen ans Kimiko Imani, July 2017

Works by Klement Slavický, Leoš Janáček, Hans Gál, Bohuslav Martinů and Pavel Haas. Released by Avi-Music, July 2017. A Co-Production with Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

JPC AMAZON

Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden Grischun Grigioni & Marcus Bosch

Viola Wilmsen is playing the „Allegro“ from the Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe by J. S. Bach with Esther Hoppe conducted by Marcus Bosch.

AMAZON

Berlin Counterpoint - Werke für Bläser und Klavier von Poulenc, Beethoven, Barber u.a

With her Ensemble „Berlin Counterpoint“ Viola Wilmsen is playing works by Beethoven, Strauss, Barber and Poulenc.

AMAZON

Antje Weithaas, Camerata Bern, Brahms

Viola Wilmsen plays solo oboe in Brahms' violin concerto.

AMAZON

Francois Couperin

Sarabande

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Oboenkonzert

Bohuslav Martinu

Oboenkonzert

Saint-Saens

Sonate

Pavel Haas

Suite

André Jolivet

Marche burlesque

Luciano Berio

Sequenza

Video

Strauss Oboe Concerto, Switzerland 2014, Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden, Achim Fiedler

Press

… at only 29, she revealed herself as one of the leading virtuosos of her generation, in full musical control throughout the three strenuous movements and in synch with the orchestra down to the most minute details …

Westfälische Zeitung, 16.4.2014

… Viola Wilmsen, principal oboist of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, interpreted the piece (Strauss Oboe Concerto) with great earnestness, energy and touching tenderness. A magic moment …

Münchner Merkur, 18.7.2014

…The soloist Viola Wilmsen was admired by the audience, but also by the musicians of the orchestra: she turned the compositional wonderwork of the late Strauss into a miracle of interpretation…

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 14.7.2014

With brilliant ease, she mastered the free and figurative passages of the outside movements, demonstrating her outstanding abilities without ever loosening the tension. Apart from her admirable virtuosity, her playing was also compelling because of her breathcontrol and her flexible tone which lent itself to modulation easily …

Westfälisches Volksblatt, 16.4.2014

Captivatingly played … breathing technique, tone production and interpretation all of a piece, extremely delicate in each and every phrase …

Engadiner Post, 6.1.2014

Beguilingly light, subtle in her sound colors and altogether of an almost Mozart-like insouciance, Viola Wilmsen … demonstrated how the composer’s mature work can be understood …

Bündner Tagblatt, 30.12.2013

The piece [Strauss’ Oboe Concerto] became an amazing experience, due to oboist Viola Wilmsen. In her solo part, the arching melodies spanned great distances, and she rapidly darted up and down scales with agile lightness, while always maintaining a very round, mellifluous tone …

Göttinger Tageblatt, 7.12.2011

… convincing from the first entry, offering a highly modulated oboe tone ennobled by the venerable playing tradition of the French School. She performed the beautiful Adagio, basically one expansive cantilena, with heartfelt expressivity and without any breaks or hitches, as if she commanded endless reserves of air …

Aachener Zeitung, 19.12.2011

Ensembles

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, formerly the RIAS Symphony Orchestra, is one of the major orchestras in Berlin. It is a member of Berlin’s Radio Orchestras and Choirs Company and performs at Berlin’s Philharmonie. Its chief conductor is Tugan Sokhiev.
Foto © Frank Eidel

Berlin Counterpoint

Berlin Counter is a multi-national ensemble whose international career is on a rapid upswing. The five young wind players plus piano won the Usedom Music Prize in 2013 and released their debut CD on the Genuin label in 2014.
Foto © Carola Schmidt

Camerata Bern

Camerata Bern enjoys recognition around the world for its absolutely homogeneous sound culture and extraordinary stylistic confidence. The chamber orchestra consists of outstanding soloists and performs without a conductor. Its artistic director is Antje Weithaas.

Berolina Ensemble

The Berolina Ensemble, founded in 2009 by the violinist David Gorol, unites young artists in a remarkable chamber music formation of unmatched versatility. In 2014 the ensemble won an ECHO Classic Award in the category “Best Ensemble”.

Vario Quartett

The Vario Quartet, consisting of Sinn Yang (violin), Youngdo Kim (viola), Arthur Hornig (cello) and Viola Wilmsen (oboe), performs works for string trio and oboe quartet. The quartet’s concerts have been recorded so far by Hessian Radio (HR) and Southwest Radio (SWR).

Duo Viola Wilmsen und Kimiko Imani

Viola Wilmsen and pianist Kimiko Imani met at the International Sony Oboe Competitionin Japan in 2009. They have since performed numerous highly acclaimed concerts at various festivals and concert series.

Contact

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Timm Kölln
Anna Klemm

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