Christian Tetzlaff

Christian Tetzlaff

Violin

Equally at home in classical, romantic and contemporary repertoire, Christian Tetzlaff sets standards with his interpretations of the concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Berg and Ligeti, and is renowned for his innovative chamber music projects and performances of Bach solo repertoire. Highlights of the 2017/18 season see Tetzlaff perform Birtwistle's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra for their season opening concert; touring with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski to the George Enescu Festival, Bucharest and Musikfest Bremen playing Berg’s Violin Concerto; and a return to Wigmore Hall for a new residency, including a duo recital with Lars Vogt, performances with the Tetzlaff Quartett and Jörg Widmann. Elsewhere in Europe he appears with Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Vladimir Jurowski), Konzerthausorchester Berlin (Juraj Valčuha), Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Paavo Järvi), Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich (Ton Koopmann), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Hannu Lintu), and further afield with Montreal, Pittsburgh and St. Louis symphony orchestras under Kent Nagano, Manfred Honeck and David Roberston, respectively. He joins Paavo Järvi again with NHK Symphony and also Lahav Shani with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. His regular collaboration with conductor Robin Ticciati continues with tours to Dubai with Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Frankfurt, Hamburg and Essen with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; as well as a return to Edinburgh with Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Chamber music concerts include an eight-city tour to the United States with the Tetzlaff Quartett, including an appearance at Carnegie Hall, New York; a debut with the Tetzlaff Trio at Boulezsaal, Berlin; duo recitals with Lars Vogt in London, Frankfurt, San Francisco and Portland; and a solo recital at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, with selections from Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin. Previously an Artist-in-Residence with the Berliner Philharmoniker, working with Sir Simon Rattle in various programmes, last season saw Tetzlaff play with the London Symphony Orchestra (Susanna Mälkki), join Robin Ticciati with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on a tour of East Asia and an appearance at the BBC Proms in London, perform with Leif Oves Andsnes at the Edinburgh International Festival and tour the United States with Lars Vogt. His recordings have received numerous prizes and awards, including the Diapason d’Or, Edison, Midem Classical and ECHO Klassik awards (including the latter’s 2017 Instrumentalist of the Year, Violin for Brahms: The Violin Sonatas on the Ondine label), as well as several Grammy nominations. His discography includes the violin concertos by Dvořák, Mozart, Lalo, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Jörg Widmann; Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Mambo Blues and Tarantella; violin sonatas by Mozart, Bartók, Schumann and Brahms; and Bach’s complete solo sonatas and partitas. Born in Hamburg in 1966, Christian Tetzlaff studied at the Lübeck Conservatory with Uwe-Martin Haiberg and in Cincinnati with Walter Levin. He has been Artist-in-Residence with Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and hr-Sinfonieorchester. He plays a violin by the German maker Peter Greiner and teaches regularly at the Kronberg Academy, near Frankfurt.



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