BIOGRAPHY: Christian Tetzlaff, violin

BIOGRAPHY: Christian Tetzlaff, violin 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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