“Tetzlaff offered a reading of the Brahms concerto that was at once immensely virtuosic and deeply personal. From his very first entrance, this was viscerally explosive violin playing, but always with a sense of purpose and richness of inner life. (…) But I think what ultimately moves people is the emotional openness and deep sincerity of Tetzlaff’s playing.” (The Boston Globe)
Christian Tetzlaff’s interpretations of the violin concerto repertoire, whether of the classical and romantic period or the 20th century and the contemporary era, are appreciated throughout the world. He is particularly well known for his incomparable performances of Bach’s solo Sonatas and Partitas.
In the 2010-11 season Christian will be appearing in a series of projects as a Carnegie Hall “Perspectives” artist, among them the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and James Levine, a play-conducting project with the Orchestra of St Luke’s, violin duets together with Antje Weithaas, concerts with the Tetzlaff Quartet and performances with the Ensemble ACJW and Sir Simon Rattle. He will also give a master-class presented by the Weill Music Institute for young violinists and pianists. In Europe he will be performing with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, the Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen and the NDR Sinfonieorchester under John Storgårds. He continues to be a regular guest soloist with orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre de Paris, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the National Symphony in Washington, the Toronto Symphony, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Christian performs at major festivals including those in Edinburgh and Lucerne, the BBC Proms and summer festivals throughout the USA. He also gives recitals with chamber partners including Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich and Lars Vogt, as well as his own Tetzlaff Quartet.
Tetzlaff’s discography for Virgin Classics and other labels includes the established concerto repertoire, Bartók Sonatas with Leif Ove Andsnes and the three Brahms Violin Sonatas with Lars Vogt. Christian Tetzlaff has received several awards for his recordings, among them the Diapason d’Or (twice), the Edison Prize, the Midem Classical Award, the Echo Klassik prize and several Grammy nominations. His recent solo recording of all of Bach’s solo Sonatas and Partitas on the Hänssler label deserves special mention. His recording of Szymanowski with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Pierre Boulez has been recently released, and much anticipated are his renditions of the Schumann Piano Trios with Tanja Tetzlaff and Leif Ove Andsnes.
Christian Tetzlaff plays a violin by German violinmaker Peter Greiner. He lives with his family near Frankfurt.
has developed an extensive repertoire including standard works of classical Solo- and chamber music for cello, as well as compositions from the 20th and 21st centuries. In 2011, a recording of cello concertos by Rihm and Toch was released by NEOS. For her performance of the Rihm concerto, she was named “the outstanding soloist”.
Tanja Tetzlaff studied with Prof. Bernhard Gmelin in Hamburg and with Prof. Heinrich Schiff at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
After having successfully participated in many international competitions, Tanja has been performing with world-renowned orchestras, including the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Bayerische Rundfunk, Orchestra of Konzerthaus Berlin, Royal Flandern Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de Espana, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Paris and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
She has collaborated with conductors including Lorin Maazel, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dimtri Kitajenko, Paavo Järvi, Michael Gielen and Heinz Holliger.
The 2014/2015 season will see Tanja Tetzlaff touring with the Tetzlaff Quartet in Germany, Austria, Great Britain, in addition to making their debut appearances in the Far East (Korea and Japan). She will be performing the Cello Concertos of Haydn, Dvorak, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky with various orchestras. Additionally, in Korea and Japan she will be performing the Brahms double concerto with her brother, Christian Tetzlaff, with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi.
Chamber music plays a significant part in Tanja´s career. She gives regular recitals in renowned concert series and festivals, such as the Heidelberger Frühling, the Festivals in Bergen and Edinburgh, and is a regular guest at the Heimbach Festival. Her chamber music partners are some of the world´s foremost musicians, including Lars Vogt, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Antje Weithaas, Florian Donderer, Baiba and Lauma Skride and her brother Christian, with whom she founded the Tetzlaff Quartet. Together with Florian Donderer, she organizes a concert series at the Sendesaal Bremen.
The Tetzlaff Quartet’s new CD featuring the works of Berg and Mendelssohn has recently been released by CAvi, and the Brahms trios with Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt will be released by Ondine in Spring 2015.
With her duo partner, pianist Gunilla Süssmann, Tanja is a regular guest at prominent concert series in Scandinavia and Germany. The duo have recorded a CD featuring the works of Sibelius, Grieg and Rachmaninov, released by CAvi-music, in addition to a recording of the Brahms Cello Sonatas.
Tanja Tetzlaff plays a cello by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini, made in 1776.
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 concerts and recitals throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North and South America.
As an EMI recording artist, Lars Vogt has recorded fifteen discs for the label. These include Hindemith’s Kammermusik No 2 with the Berlin Philharmonic and Claudio Abbado, the Schumann, Grieg and the first two Beethoven Concerti with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and 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 Schubert solos for CAvi-music and Mozart Concerti with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra for Oehms Classics. In September 2010 he released a disc of Liszt and Schumann solos the Berlin Classics label.
For the 2003–04 season Lars Vogt was appointed the first ever Pianist in Residence at the Berliner Philharmoniker, devising four chamber programmes with members of the orchestra and performing with Sir Simon Rattle in Salzburg and Berlin. Other major orchestras over the past three seasons have included the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, NHK Symphony, the London Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Orchestre de Paris, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Bayerische Staatsorchester, the Dresden Staatskapelle and Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Highlights for Lars Vogt during the 2009-10 season included opening the Paris season for the Orchestre Philharmonique de France under Music Director Myung-Whun Chung, recitals with Thomas Quasthoff at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals and a residency at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg featuring Mozart concerti with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Christoph Eschenbach and with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding. Lars Vogt opened his 2010–11 season with two appearances at the BBC Proms, followed by a solo recital and a performance of the Grieg Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Other collaborations this season include appearances with conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Harding, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Paavo Järvi and ensembles including the Orchestre de Paris, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, the Boston Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Lars Vogt enjoys a high profile as a recitalist and chamber musician and has recently performed in London, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Rome and New York. In June 1998 he founded his own festival in Heimbach (Germany). Entitled Spannungen, its huge success has been marked by the release of ten live recordings on EMI. He enjoys regular partnerships with such colleagues as Christian Tetzlaff and Thomas Quasthoff and occasionally collaborates with the actor Klaus-Maria Brandauer and the comedian Konrad Beikircher. In 2005 he founded an educational project entitled Rhapsody in School. This has developed into a major educational project throughout Germany involving many high profile German musicians.