Monday, March 19, 2012, 8pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota
In an unprecedented collaboration between the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and The Schubert Club, violinist Christian Tetzlaff will be concertizing in the Twin Cities for a two-week period in March 2012. This residency celebrates the differences between the three musical organizations, and highlights the versatile artistry of Christian Tetzlaff, who excels in many genres. He will play a massive Szymanowski concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra under the direction of Osmo Vänskä; he will lead the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as conductor, soloist and in chamber music; and he will play a solo violin recital for The Schubert Club.
“Mesmerising and also generous, Tetzlaff seemed to transcend the distance between performer and audience. His playing invited his listeners into a remarkable world of clarity, precision of technique, gracious execution of melody and pianos so rich with expression that one could only leave the hall wanting more.” -The Strad
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Christian Tetzlaff’s interpretations of the violin concerto repertoire, whether of the classical/romantic period or 20th century/contemporary era are appreciated the world over. He is particularly well-renowned for his incomparable performances of the Bach Solo Sonatas and Partitas.
In the 2010/11 season Christian curates a series of projects as a Carnegie Hall “Perspectives” artist, including 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 duos together with Antje Weithaas, concerts as part of the Tetzlaff Quartet and performances with the Ensemble ACJW and Sir Simon Rattle. He will also give a masterclass presented by the Weill Music Institute for young violinists and pianists. In Europe he performs with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons, London Philharmonic Orchestra with Vladimir Jurowski, Philharmonia Orchestra with Esa-Pekka Salonen, and NDR Sinfonieorchester with John Storgards. He continues to be a regular guest soloist with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestre de Paris and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, National Symphony Washington, Toronto Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony as well as the San Francisco Sympony Orchestra.
Christian performs at major festivals including those in Edinburgh and Lucerne, and at the BBC Proms, in addition to summer festivals throughout the US. He also gives recitals with chamber partners 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 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. His recent solo recording of all of Bach’s solo Sonatas and Partitas on the Haenssler label deserves special mention. His recording of Szymanowski with the Vienna Philharmonic and Pierre Boulez is just released and much anticipated are 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.