Nils Mönkemeyer / Photo: Irène Zandel

Nils Mönkemeyer

2008 Chamber Music Connects the World , Junior

2010 Mit Musik – Miteinander, Tutor

2013 Kronberg Academy Festival, concert

Nils Mönkemeyer


Artistic brilliance and innovative programming are the trademarks with which Nils Mönkemeyer has rapidly made his name as one of the ‘most internationally successful violists’ (Harald Eggebrecht, Süddeutsche Zeitung), and dramatically raised the profile of his instrument.

Under his exclusive contract with Sony Classical, Mönkemeyer has released numerous CDs over the past years, all of which have won critical acclaim and prestigious awards. His programmes run the gamut from rediscoveries and first recordings of original 18th-century viola literature, to contemporary repertoire and arrangements of his own.

Nils Mönkemeyer is born in Bremen in 1978.  He has been a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich since 2011 – the same institution at which he himself studied with Hariolf Schlichtig. Previous tenures include a two-year professorship at the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music in Dresden, and an assistant professorship at the Reina Sofia College of Music in Madrid.

Nils Mönkemeyer works together with conductors such as Sylvain Cambreling, Elias Grandy, Christopher Hogwood, Sir Neville Marriner, Cornelius Meister, Mark Minkowski, Michael Sanderling, Clemens Schuldt, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Markus Stenz, Mario Venzago and Simone Young, performing as a soloist with ensembles including Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Hamburg Philharmonic, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Weimar Staatskapelle, Bremen Philharmonic, Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Barocksolisten.

With his chamber music projects – including in 2016/2017 his trio with Sabine Meyer and William Youn, the Julia Fischer Quartet, and his duo with William Youn – Mönkemeyer is a regular guest at international venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Brussel’s Bozar, Berlin and Cologne Philharmonie, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Frankfurt Alte Oper, in concert halls in Munich, Dresden, Baden-Baden, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart and Bremen, and at numerous festivals.

He is currently artist in residence of the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, and for 2017 artistic director of Festspielfrühling Rügen.

Nils Mönkemeyer plays a viola made in the workshop of Munich luthier Peter Erben.

Biographies are based on the most recent information provided by the artists or their representatives. Last updated: December 2016