Christian Tetzlaff, born in 1966, has been one of the most sought-after violinists and most exciting musicians of the classical world for many years. What makes this musician so unique – apart from his great talent on the violin – is that he plays exactly what’s on the page. He understands the music as a language and reads the great works as intense narratives. This being so, his concerts often become existential experiences – for audiences and performers alike. Thus, Tetzlaff maintains an unusually broad repertoire and continues to draw attention to otherwise forgotten masterpieces.
Trained at Lubeck Music College, this violinist performs across the world with the most well-known orchestras and conductors of our time. He has been Artist in Residence with (for example) the New York Met and as often appeared with the Vienna and the New York Philharmonic Orchestras, the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the great London orchestras. His close relationship with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen goes back many years. An award-winning solo artist, Tetzlaff is also passionate about chamber music. His own string quartet – in which his sister Tanja also plays – has been awarded a number of awards including the Diapason d’Or.
Tetzlaff opened the 2019/2020 season at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival with a sold-out solo recital in the Elbphilharmonie’s Grand Hall, as well as appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic at the Music Festival Baden Baden and with the Metropolitan Orchestra New York. He is appearing with the Tetzlaff Quartet in a number of performances including at the Alten Oper Frankfurt, the Philharmonie Berlin, in the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and in London’s Wigmore Hall.