Nils Mönkemeyer

Mentor viola

The artistic brilliance and innovative programming are Nils Mönkemeyer’s musical and artistic trademarks which proclaim him as one of the best violist in the world.

Through his ongoing exclusive partnership with Sony Classical, Nils has recorded numerous CD albums during the last few years which were acclaimed with prestigious prizes. His vast repertoire covers the period of the 18th Century until the present day, including his own arrangements. The two recent CD albums are recordings of Walton, Bruch and Pärt with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Markus Poschner and a Barock chamber music album, unveiling a fascinating panorama between the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries.

Nils Mönkemeyer has worked together with conductors such as Sylvain Cambreling, Marc Minkowski, Kent Nagano, Michael Sanderling, Markus Stenz and Simone Young. He has performed as soloist with among others Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and Berliner Barock Solisten.

Above all Nils Mönkemeyer has a deep desire, as a musician, to build bridges and to make music accessible to the underpriviledged communities. In 2016 he founded the chamber music festival « Klassik für Alle » in collaboration with the charity work of Caritas Bonn.

During the 2020/21 Season, Nils Mönkemeyer appeared in prestigious music festivals such as Schubertiade, Schwetzingen, Leipzig Bach and Mecklenburg/Vorpommern. Other highlights of the Season are a tour with Berliner Barock Solisten, concerts with his trio with Sabine Meyer and William Youn as well as with Julia Fischer Quartet.

Nils Mönkemeyer is a professor of viola at the University of Music and Theater in Münich since 2011. Previously he taught at the University of Music Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden and was the assistant professor at the « Queen Sofia » Conservatory of Music in Madrid.

Nils Mönkemeyer plays a viola made by Philipp Augustin.