German-born violinist Christian Tetzlaff, known for his musical integrity, technical assurance and intelligent, compelling interpretations, is internationally recognized as one of the most important violinists of his generation. Tetzlaff has for over 20 years enjoyed a fulfilled concert life of 100 concerts per year. “Too seldom heard in our neighborhood,” reports the Star Tribune, Tetzlaff last performed on the International Artist Series in 2002 with pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes. This time he pairs up with compatriot pianist Lars Vogt in a program featuring Mozart, Bartok, Beethoven, and Kurtág.

Christian Tetzlaff

tetzlaff-headshotFor 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.

Lars Vogt

lars-vogtLars Vogt has rapidly established himself as one of the leading pianists of his generation. Born in the German town of Düren in 1970, he first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition and has enjoyed a varied career for over twenty years. His versatility as an artist ranges from the core classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms to the romantics Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov through to the dazzling Lutoslawski concerto. A keen chamber musician, Lars Vogt is now increasingly working with orchestras both as conductor and directing from the keyboard.

Lars Vogt opened the 2012/13 season performing the Lutoslawski Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Moest at the Edinburgh Festival. He returns to the Cleveland Orchestra later in the season and additional North American appearances feature the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and a recital at the Y in New York. Other highlights of the season include concerts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus under Riccardo Chailly, two appearances in Paris with the Orchestre de Paris under Herbert Blomstedt and with the Orchestre National under Kurt Masur, and the conclusion of his residency with the Netherlands Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam. He also appears with Vienna Radio Symphony, NDR Hamburg, Swedish Radio, Brussels Philharmonic and the Liceu Opera Orchestra, Barcelona. In the UK he performs Beethoven concerti with the London Philharmonic under Christoph Eschenbach, London Symphony under Daniel Harding and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons.

During the 2011/12 season Lars Vogt made several appearances in North America, performing with orchestras in Toronto, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Seattle and undertaking an extensive tour with Christian Tetzlaff to New York, Philadelphia and other major cities. Concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra featured prominently both with Vladimir Jurowski in London and on tour in the UK and Germany with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Other concerto engagements included the New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Rotterdam Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Spain and orchestras in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Milan, Florence and Copenhagen. Recital appearances featured the International Piano Series in London and the Konzerthaus, Vienna.

Lars Vogt’s special relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic has continued with regular collaborations following his appointment as their first ever “Pianist in Residence” in 2003/4. He has also worked with many other German orchestras including Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bayerische Rundfunk, Frankfurt Radio, Dresden Staatskapelle, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Guerzenich Cologne and Deutscheskammerphilharmonie Bremen. Other highlights over recent seasons have included many appearances at the BBC Proms and a residency at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg with the Vienna Philharmonic/Christoph Eschenbach and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Harding; as well as appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, NHK Symphony, London Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Concertgebouw, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Swedish Radio, Finnish Radio, Czech Philharmonic and the Orchestre de Paris.

Lars Vogt enjoys a high profile as a chamber musician and recent appearances have included London, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Rome and New York. In June 1998 he founded his own festival in Heimbach, Germany. Known as “Spannungen”, its huge success has been marked by the release of ten live recordings on EMI. He enjoys regular partnerships with colleagues such as Christian Tetzlaff and Thomas Quasthoff and collaborates occasionally with actor Klaus-Maria Brandauer and comedian Konrad Beikircher. In 2005 he founded “Rhapsody in School” which has become a high profile education project across Germany. Lars Vogt is also an accomplished and enthusiastic teacher and was recently appointed Professor of Piano at the Hannover Conservatory of Music, succeeding Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, his teacher and close friend who died in June 2012.

As an EMI recording artist, Lars Vogt made fifteen discs for the label, including the Hindemith Kammermusik No 2 with the Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado, the Schumann, Grieg and the first two Beethoven Concertos with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle, who has described him as “one of the most extraordinary musicians of any age group that I have had the fortune to be associated with”. Recent recordings include solo Schubert for CAvi-music and Mozart Concerti with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra for Oehms, a solo Liszt and Schumann disc on the Berlin Classics label and Mozart Sonatas with Christian Tetzlaff for Ondine.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:30pm
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts


MOZART Sonata in B-flat major K.454
BARTOK Sonata No. 1
GYÖRGY KURTÁG From Signs, Games and Messages
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 7 in C minor Opus 30/2

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

Boston Globe

Christian Tetzlaff was a soloist of real distinction with a beautiful sound, subtle rubato and a spontaneity which had one on the edge of one’s seat.

Birmingham Post