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Christian Tetzlaff

Christian Tetzlaff

Christian Tetzlaff is recognized as one of the most inspiring musicians of his generation. Equally at home in the Classical/Romantic repertoire and contemporary music, he sets standards with his interpretations of the violin concertos by Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky as well as Berg, Ligeti, Schönberg and Shostakovich.



Christian Tetzlaff - violin

'Mr Tetzlaff´s tone was gleaming and focused. The combination of wildness and clarity was thrilling. Here was a Romantic-era staple as reconsidered by one of the most brilliant and inquisitive artists of the new generation.' (New York Times, April 2002).

Christian Tetzlaff was born in Hamburg in 1966 and later studied at the Lübeck  Conservatory with Uwe-Martin Haiberg and in Cincinnati with Walter Levin. He now lives near Frankfurt. Today, Christian Tetzlaff is recognized as one of the most inspiring musicians of his generation. Equally at home in the Classical/Romantic repertoire and contemporary music, he sets standards with his interpretations of the violin concertos by Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky as well as Berg, Ligeti, Schönberg and Shostakovich. Indeed, a focal point was his concert series with the Munich Philharmonic and James Levine, where he performed the Schönberg and Beethoven violin concertos in one evening. Another central facet for Christian Tetzlaff is his incomparable performances of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo. With his special affinity for chamber music, he performs regularly with such distinguished colleagues as Boris Pergamenschikov, Heinrich Schiff, Tanja Tetzlaff and Tabea Zimmermann. He has founded his own string quartet, and gives duo recitals with Leif Ove Andsnes, Matthias Kirschnereit and Lars Vogt.

During the season 2002/03, Christian Tetzlaff performed with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra, with the London Symphony Orchestra under Pierre Boulez, both in London and on tour in Japan, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique in Paris, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and the Deutsche Symphonieorchester, both in Berlin and on tour in Spain. As Artist in Residence at the Société Philharmonique in Brussels, he gave concerto performances with the Orchestre National de Belgique and the Antwerp Philharmonic Orchestra, and a performance with his string quartet, where they were joined by Tabea Zimmermann. In the summer of 2002, he performed at the Edinburgh Festival, and appeared with Orchestre National de Lyon at the BBC Proms in London.

Highlights scheduled for Mr. Tetzlaff's 2003/04 season include return engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Toronto and Atlanta symphonies; his début with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under James Levine at Carnegie Hall; a two-concert series at Lincoln Center featuring the music of Bartók and Janácek with Lars Vogt; and  performances of the complete Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo by Bach at the Ravinia and Tanglewood festivals.

Christian Tetzlaff plays a violin by the German violin-maker, Peter Greiner, modelled after a Guarneri del Gesú.