“A full, round tone, as if Oistrakh were standing on the podium. And every note is spot on,” was how the [Tagesspiegel] praised Christian Tetzlaff’s 1995 debut with the Philharmoniker with Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto. Since then, the internationally renowned violinist, “one of the most brilliant and knowledgeable artists of the new generation” ([New York Times]), and the Berliner Philharmoniker have enjoyed an artistic partnership.
Tetzlaff, who studied at the University of Music Lübeck under Uwe-Martin Haiberg and in Cincinnati under Walter Levin, now appears on all the major concert stages in Europe, the USA and Asia. He is a welcome guest with the leading American symphony orchestras, plays with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich as well as at festivals in Edinburgh and Lucerne, at the BBC Proms and at all the major summer festivals in the USA. He also gives regular duo recitals with Leif Ove Andsnes. His string quartet has quickly earned a reputation as “one of the most exciting chamber music ensembles in the world” ([La Nazione]). In 2005, Christian Tetzlaff was named Instrumentalist of the Year by [Musical America]. For his CD recordings, his awards include the Diapason d’Or several times, the Annual Prize of the German Record Critics, the ECHO Klassik, and Grammy nominations. The selection of pieces on his wide-ranging discography shows that the virtuoso feels just as much at home in the Baroque era as in the modern. An adopted Berliner, Tetzlaff plays a violin by Peter Greiner and teaches regularly at the Kronberg Academy.