Christian Tetzlaff VIOLIN

Equally at home in the classical, romantic and contemporary repertoire, Christian Tetzlaff sets standards with his interpretations of the violin concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Berg and Ligeti, and is renowned for his innovative chamber music projects.

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2013/14 European highlights include performances at the Salzburg Festival, a European tour with the Vienna Philharmonic (under Riccardo Chailly), and concerts with Munich Philharmonic (Philippe Jordan), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Daniel Harding) and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Olari Elts). In the U.S. he plays with The Philadelphia Orchestra (Manfred Honeck), Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Esa-Pekka Salonen), San Francisco Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas), Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra (Christoph Eschenbach).

He also performs Joseph Joachim’s rarely played Violin Concerto No. 2 with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and Brahms’ Violin and Double concertos (with Tanja Tetzlaff) as part of Andris Nelsons’ Brahms cycle with Philharmonia Orchestra.

Solo and chamber music appearances include the complete Bach solo sonatas and partitas in Sydney, Frankfurt and San Francisco; Brahms’ piano trios with Lars Vogt and Tanja Tetzlaff in Salzburg, Paris, Berlin and Zürich; recitals with Lars Vogt in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Montreal and Quebec; and concerts with the Tetzlaff Quartett.

Last season, Tetzlaff appeared as Artist-in-Residence at Wigmore Hall, performing in both solo recitals and with chamber partners. He is also a regular guest at the BBC Proms.

Christian Tetzlaff’s discography includes the violin concertos by Dvoƙák, Mozart, Lalo, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. He has also recorded Bartók’s sonatas for violin and piano with Leif Ove Andsnes, the Brahms and Mozart violin sonatas with Lars Vogt, and Bach’s complete solo sonatas and partitas. This season sees the release of Schumann’s violin sonatas, again with Lars Vogt.

Born in Hamburg in 1966, Tetzlaff studied at the Lübeck Conservatory with Uwe-Martin Haiberg and in Cincinnati with Walter Levin. He lives near Frankfurt and regularly teaches at the Kronberg Akademy. He plays a violin by German violinmaker Peter Greiner.