CelloTanja Tetzlaff
© Giorgia BertazziArtist

"Sie steckt mit ihrer Kunst, ihrem Charisma und ihrer zuverlässigen Technik manch andere Kollegen in die Tasche."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
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Cellist Tanja Tetzlaff performs an extensive repertoire, including the staple solo and chamber music literature, and important compositions of the 20th and 21th centuries. In 2011, a recording of cello concertos by Wolfgang Rihm and Ernst Toch was released by NEOS.

Tanja has played with leading orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Spanish National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Paris and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and collaborated with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dimtri Kitajenko, Paavo Järvi, Michael Gielen and Heinz Holliger.


Chamber music also plays a significant part in Tanja’s career, with regular appearances alongside Lars Vogt, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Antje Weithaas, Florian Donderer, Baiba and Lauma Skride, and her brother, Christian Tetzlaff, including at the festivals in Heidelberg, Heimbach, Bergen and Edinburgh. She and duo partner Gunilla Süssmann are also regular guests in concert series throughout Scandinavia and Germany, and recently recorded two albums released by CAvi-music, featuring the Brahms cello sonatas and works for cello and piano by Sibelius, Grieg and Rachmaninov.

In 1994 Tanja founded the Tetzlaff Quartett, with Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Kufferath and Hanna Weinmeister.

The 2016/17 season sees solo performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  the Orchestre Nationale des Pays de la Loire, the Tokyo Metropolitain Orchestra and the NHK Orchestra Tokyo.

In the chamber music field she goes on tour again with Lars Vogt and Christian Tetzlaff, with concerts in Germany, Paris, London, Bilbao, Antwerp and Luxemburg. In various chamber music projects she also appears at the Lucerne Festival and at the Mozarteum Salzburg.

Tanja studied with Bernhard Gmelin in Hamburg and Heinrich Schiff at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and plays a cello by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini from 1776.

SEASON 2016/2017


“The players make declarations, pose questions, give answers, thrust and parry, chase each other, proceed in lockstep; there are moments of tender lyricism and of furious aggression – I’ve never seen string players subject their instruments to such apparently extreme maltreatment - but the Tetzlaffs encompassed it all with wit and impeccable virtuosity. This was a heroic performance.”

Independent, Michael Church, 05.01.2016

“[...]As one might expect, there is natural chemistry between them, and a real sense of musical communication, bringing off perfectly the almost improvisatory, musing to-and-fro of ideas which make the best parts of the first movement so irresistible. [...] filling the hall without ever sounding forced [...]”

bachtrack.com by George Slater-Walker, 14.10.2013

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Tetzlaff QuartettSCHUBERT | HAYDNMar. 2017, Ondine, CD, Available on: Amazon
Mahler Symphony No 4 (Erwin Stein Edition)Festival Ensemble Spannungen Mahler Record Prize 2015Jun. 2015, CAvi-music, CD
Brahms The Piano TriosMay. 2015, Ondine, CD
Tetzlaff QuartettMENDELSSOHN · Streichquartett Nr. 2 a-Moll BERG · Lyrische SuiteOct. 2014, CAvi, CD, Available on: iTunes
Brahms Cello SonatasCello Sonatas by Tanja Tetzlaff & Gunilla SuessmanNov. 2012, CAvi, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Wolfgang Rihm & Ernst TochOne movement concertosAug. 2011, NEOS, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Schumann: Complete Works For Piano TrioComplete Works For Piano TrioApr. 2011, EMI, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Sibelius & Schönberg: String QuartetsString Quartets by Sibelius and SchönbergOct. 2010, Cavi, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Malinconia: Sibelius, Grieg & RachmaninowTanja Tetzlaff plays with Gunilla Suessmann works for cello and pianoJun. 2007, Cavi, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon