Chamber MusicTetzlaff Quartett
Tetzlaff Quartett © Giorgia BertazziArtist
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Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Elisabeth Kufferath, violin
Hanna Weinmeister, viola
Tanja Tetzlaff, cello

Praised by The New York Times for its “dramatic, energetic playing of clean intensity”, the Tetzlaff Quartett is one of today’s leading string quartets. Alongside their successful individual careers, Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff, Hanna Weinmeister and Elisabeth Kufferath have met since 1994 to perform several times each season in concerts that regularly receive great critical acclaim.

The 2017/18 season sees the quartet perform in the US on a major tour as well as in Europe with concerts in London, Hamburg, Hannover, Cologne and at the SWR Festival in Schwetzingen.

They are frequent guests at international festivals such as the Berliner Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Bremen Musikfest. Other recent highlights include performances at Kölner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin and Paris’ Auditorium du Louvre, as well as a North America tour with concerts at Carnegie Hall, in San Francisco and Vancouver. The quartet has also performed at Brussels’ BOZAR, Wiener Musikverein, Herkulessaal München, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The quartet’s first recording with music by Schönberg and Sibelius, was released by CAvi-music in 2010, the 2nd recording of Berg’s Lyric Suite and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No.2 in 2014 and their most recent CD with music by Schubert and Haydn in 2017 by Ondine.


Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Described as “one of the most brilliant and inquisitive artists of the new generation” (The New York Times), Christian Tetzlaff is a regular guest with the world's leading orchestras and festivals. He also enjoys collaborations with the most distinguished chamber musicians, including recital partners Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt. He plays a Peter Greiner violin.

Elisabeth Kufferath, violin

Elisabeth Kufferath is a regular guest at international music festivals including Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Ravinia and Aspen. Her regular chamber music partners include Lars Vogt, Antje Weithaas, Isabelle Faust and Jens Peter Maintz. Elisabeth is currently Professor of Violin at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover. She plays a Peter Greiner violin.

Hanna Weinmeister, viola

She is currently First Concertmaster at Opernhaus Zürich.She has worked with, among others,  Leonidas Kavakos, Heinz Holliger, Gidon Kremer and Benjamin Schmid. She plays a Peter Greiner viola.

Tanja Tetzlaff, cello

Tanja Tetzlaff has appeared with many international orchestras. She is especially dedicated to chamber music and regularly plays with Lars Vogt, Martin Fröst and Carolin Widmann. She plays a violoncello of Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini from 1776. 

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“The members of the quartet go as far as to say, “there is little left here that has to do with musical performance; it has more to do with screaming and whispering. The material—and the emotions too—are taken entirely to the limits”.”, Melanie Garrett, Mai 2017

“The second of Haydn’s Sun Quartets opened with a well-nigh perfect marriage of cultivation and bright tone, the Tetzlaff Quartet offering a reading that was properly detailed without the slightest hint of fussiness, the longer line always apparent, always a guiding thread. There was an equally fine sense of cumulative form, though without pressing too hard.” […] “It was wonderfully moving.” […] “The first movement and much of the rest of the performance possessed an intimacy that drew one in.”

Seen and Heard International, Mark Berry, March 3, 2013

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Schubert HaydnSCHUBERT | HAYDNMar. 2017, Ondine, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Mendelssohn BergMENDELSSOHN · Streichquartett Nr. 2 a-Moll, BERG · Lyrische SuiteOct. 2014, CAvi, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Sibelius & Schönberg: String QuartetsString Quartets by Sibelius and SchönbergOct. 2010, Cavi, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon