Christian Tetzlaff has garnered international acclaim as one of the most important violinists to emerge in the last decade. Equally at home in the classical, romantic and 20th century repertoire, his technically assured and highly individual interpretations of works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky as well as Berg, Ligeti, Bartok and Stravinsky have been praised worldwide.
Born in Hamburg in 1966, Christian Tetzlaff began playing the violin and piano at the age of six. After making his debut performing the Beethoven Concerto at the age of 14, he began intensive study of the violin at the Lubeck Conservatory with Uwe-Martin Haiberg. He came to the United States during the 1985-86 academic year to work with Walter Levin at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and spent two summers at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Mr. Tetzlaff's three siblings are all professional musicians and he often performs with his sister, Tanja, a cellist.
For the past decade, Mr. Tetzlaff has been in demand as a soloist with many of the world's leading ensembles including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, all of the major London orchestras and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia and New York with such eminent conductors as Pierre Boulez, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, James Levine, Michael Tilson-Thomas and Franz Welser-Most.
Recent performances in North America include engagements with the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Boston, National, Baltimore, Detroit and Toronto symphonies; Carnegie Hall appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra with Pierre Boulez and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra with James Levine; solo Bach recitals at Lincoln Center and Cleveland's Severance Hall; and summer festival appearances at Ravinia, Aspen and the Hollywood Bowl.
In Europe, Mr. Tetzlaff has recently appeared with the London Philharmonic (Eschenbach), Orchestre de Paris (Dohnanyi), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Slatkin) and Munich Philharmonic (Levine) among others, toured Japan with the London Symphony (Boulez) and played recitals in Vienna, Paris, Rome, London and Amsterdam.
Highlights of Mr.Tetzlaff's 04/05 season include return engagements with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco and New World symphonies, the Mostly Mozart Festival and Boston Symphony at Tanglewood; a debut with the Chicago Symphony; and a recital in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.
A dedicated chamber musician, Christian Tetzlaff frequently collaborates with such distinguished colleagues as Leif Ove Andsnes, Sabine Meyer, Lars Vogt, Tabea Zimmerman and Heinrich Schiff.
Mr. Tetzlaff's highly regarded recordings for Virgin Classics reflect the breadth of his musical interests. They include concertos by Haydn, Weill, Janacek, Dvorak and Bartok; Bach's compete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, which was awarded the esteemed Diapson d'or; a recording of Mozart's complete works for violin and orchestra including the five concertos for which he is both soloist and conductor of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie; and works for violin and orchestra of Sibelius with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, which also received a Diaspon d'or. His most recent recordings are the complete Brahms violin sonatas with Lars Vogt for EMI; the Bartok violin sonatas with Leif Ove Andsnes for Virgin; and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Russian National Orchestra and Kent Nagano for PentaTone Classics.
Christian Tetzlaff makes his home near Frankfurt with his wife, a clarinetist with the Frankfurt Opera, and their three young children. He currently performs on a violin made by the German violin maker, Peter Greiner, modeled after a Guarneri del Gesu.
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