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Biography

“…I think what ultimately moves people is the emotional openness and deep sincerity of Tetzlaff’s playing.”

Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe

For over 20 years Christian Tetzlaff has enjoyed a fulfilled concert life with 100 concerts per year.

One focus of the 2012/13 season consists of 10 concerts in London: at the Proms, with the London Philharmonic and Osmo Vänskä, London Symphony with Daniel Harding as well as a residency at the Wigmore Hall. Christian Tetzlaff is also Artist in Residence with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich where he opened the season in August 2012 with Tschaikovsky’s Violin Concerto under David Zinman. He will also be present there under Christoph von Dohnanyi, with a chamber music project, a duo recital with Leif Ove Andsnes and with his string quartet.

In addition, Christin Tetzlaff makes return visits to orchestras such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Harding), BR Symphony Orchestra Munich (Nézet-Seguin), Berlin Philharmonic (Andris Nelsons), Gewandhausorchestra Leipzig (Honeck), New York Philharmonic (Nelsons), Pittsburgh Symphony (Michael Francis) Montreal Symphony (Nagano) and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (Storgards). At the end of the season he will appear with the Berlin Philharmonic in their famed open-air arena “Waldbühne” under Simon Rattle.

In recital Christian Tetzlaff appears in several major cities with Leif Ove Andsnes. In spring 2013 he embarks on an extensive tour with his string quartet with concerts in Oslo, Cologne, London, Zürich, Freiburg, Berlin and Paris. At the Konzerthaus Vienna and the Wigmore Hall London he can be heard in a Bach solo programme.

Tetzlaff’s discography for Virgin Classics and other labels includes the major concerto repertoire, Bartok Sonatas with Leif Ove Andsnes, and the three Brahms Violin Sonatas with Lars Vogt. Christian Tetzlaff has received several awards for his recordings: the Diapason d’Or twice, the Edison prize, the Midem Classical Award as well as the ECHO Klassik prize and several nominations for the Grammy.

Over the next season, Christian will release four new CDs, three of them with the Finnish label Ondine: the Mozart Sonatas with Lars Vogt will be released in October 2012 followed by the Schumann Sonatas in spring 2013. During his recording of Widmann’s Violin Concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Harding), a recording of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Mambo Blues and Tarantella with London Philharmonic Orchestra (Jurowski) will also appear for the LPO label.

Christian Tetzlaff plays a violin by German violinmaker Peter Greiner and teaches regularly at the Kronberg Academy near Frankfurt.

Together with Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff supports the initiative "RHAPSODY IN SCHOOL, Musiker zum Anfassen"

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