Christian Tetzlaff © Giorgia Bertazzi
Christian Tetzlaff, who was born in Hamburg in 1966, studied violin with Uwe-Martin Haiberg at the Lübeck Academy of Music; in 1985 he went to Cincinnati for a year to perfect his skills with Walter Levin, primarius of the LaSalle Quartet. Since his official concert debut, in which he performed Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto at the 1988 Berlin Festival, Tetzlaff has worked with such leading orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouworkest, and the renowned orchestras in London as well as the major American orchestras. Tetzlaff has been artist-in-residence at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall as well as with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony. Most recently, in the 2020-21 season, he held this position with the London Symphony Orchestra. Tetzlaff performs a repertoire ranging from Bach to the present. Examples of his devotion to contemporary music include his performances of the premieres of violin concertos by Harrison Birtwistle and Jörg Widmann. He also takes on rarities, including the long-forgotten Violin Concerto by Joseph Joachim. He is intensely involved in chamber music, not least with his Tetzlaff Quartet, founded in 1994, and in a trio he forms with his sister, the cellist Tanja Tetz-laff, and the pianist Lars Vogt. Tetzlaff’s CD recordings have received such awards as the Diapason d’or, the Edison Award, and the Echo Klassik; his most recent recordings are devoted to the violin concertos of Beethoven and Sibelius, which he released in 2019 with the DSO Berlin and Robin Ticciati, and chamber music by Éric Montalbetti (2020). Christian Tetzlaff, who teaches regularly at the Kronberg Academy, plays a violin by German instrument maker Peter Greiner that is modeled after a Guarneri del Gesù.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 1989, as part of the Young Artists series in works by Mozart, Webern, Prokofiev, and Beethoven.