BIOGRAPHY: Christian Tetzlaff and Larz Vogt

BIOGRAPHY: Christian Tetzlaff and Larz Vogt 2014-06-27T15:04:59+00:00

Christian TetzlaffEqually at home in 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 and his interpretation of Bach’s solo Sonatas and Partitas.

2013/14 European highlights include performances at the Salzburg Festival, a European tour with the Wiener Philharmoniker (under Riccardo Chailly), and concerts with the Münchner Philharmoniker (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, Washington (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 the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.

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, Zürich and Bremen; recitals with Lars Vogt in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Montreal and Quebec; and concerts with the Tetzlaff Quartett, including a string octet project in Hamburg, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin and Frankfurt, also featuring the Arcanto Quartett.

Last season, Tetzlaff appeared as Artist-in-Residence at London’s Wigmore Hall, performing in both solo recitals and with chamber partners; he also appeared in a three-concert chamber music project at the 92nd Street Y in New York. Other highlights included return visits to the Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Pittsburgh and New World symphonies. Having appeared at all the major international music festivals, including the Edinburgh International, Verbier and Lucerne festivals, he is also a regular at the BBC Proms and numerous summer festivals throughout the U.S.

Christian Tetzlaff’s discography includes Violin Concertos by Dvořák, Mozart, Lalo, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven for labels Virgin/EMI, Decca, Ondine, Hänssler and Arte Nova. 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. He recently recorded Widmann’s Violin Concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Daniel Harding) and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Mambo Blues and Tarantella with London Philharmonic Orchestra (Vladimir Jurowski), while this season sees the release of Schumann’s Violin Sonatas, again with Lars Vogt. His recordings have received numerous prizes and awards, including the Diapason d’Or, Edison, Midem Classical and ECHO Klassik awards, along with several nominations for Grammy awards. In 2005, Musical America named him Instrumentalist of the Year.

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.

This performance marks Christian Tetzlaff’s La Jolla Music Society debut.

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Lars-VogtLars Vogt has rapidly established himself as one of the leading pianists of his generation. Born in the German town of Düren in 1970, he first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition and has since gone on to give major concerto and recital performances throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North and South America.

An EMI recording artist, Lars Vogt has made fifteen discs for the label, including the Hindemith Kammermusik No 2 with the Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado, the Schumann, Grieg and the first two Beethoven Concertos with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle, who has described him as “one of the most extraordinary musicians of any age group that I have had the fortune to be associated with”. Recent recordings include solo Schubert for CAvimusic and Mozart Concerti with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra for Oehms. In September 2010 he released a solo Liszt and Schumann disc on the Berlin Classics label.

During the 2011/12 season Lars Vogt will make several appearances in North America, performing with orchestras in Toronto, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Seattle and undertaking an extensive tour with Christian Tetzlaff to New York, Philadelphia and other major cities. Concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra feature prominently both with Vladimir Jurowski in London and on tour in the UK and Germany with Yannick Nézet-Seguin. Other concerto engagements include the New Japan Philharmonic/Daniel Harding, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Myung- Whun Chung, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Rotterdam Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Spain and orchestras in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Milan, Florence and Copenhagen. Recital appearances feature the International Piano Series in London and the Konzerthaus, Vienna.

Lars Vogt opened the 2010/11 season with two appearances at the BBC Proms; a solo recital and the Grieg Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Other orchestral appearances included the Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Frankfurt Radio, Bayerische Rundfunk, Finnish Radio, Swedish Radio and Boston Symphony. In Summer 2011 he returned to the BBC Proms in duo with Christian Tetzlaff, toured with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and performed at the Salzburg, Verbier, Schwarzenberg and Montreux Festivals.

Lars Vogt’s special relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic has continued following his appointment as their first ever “Pianist in Residence” in 2003/4. Other highlights over the past three seasons have included a residency at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg with the Vienna Philharmonic/Christoph Eschenbach and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Harding; as well as appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, NHK Symphony, London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Bayerische Staatsorchester, Dresden Staatskapelle and Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Lars Vogt enjoys a high profile as a recitalist and chamber musician and recent appearances include London, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Rome and New York. In June 1998 he founded his own festival in Heimbach, Germany. Known as “Spannungen”, its huge success has been marked by the release of ten live recordings on EMI. He enjoys regular partnerships with colleagues such as Christian Tetzlaff and Thomas Quasthoff and collaborates occasionally with actor Klaus-Maria Brandauer and comedian Konrad Beikircher. In 2005 he founded “Rhapsody in School” which has become a high profile education project across Germany.

Lars Vogt last performed for La Jolla Music Society the Celebrity Series on March 6, 2003.

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