Tanja & Christian Tetzlaff & Lars Vogt
These three top-class soloists have been dedicated chamber musicians for a long time. The trio has been playing together for many years and has also made several CD recordings on Ondine (Dvorak, Brahms, etc.). The recording of the famous Schubert piano trios will be released in autumn 2022.
Christian Tetzlaff has been one of the most sought-after violinists and most exciting musicians on the classical music scene for many years. “The greatest performance of the work I’ve ever heard,” wrote Tim Ashley (The Guardian, May 2015) of his interpretation of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Daniel Harding.
Concerts with Christian Tetzlaff often become an existential experience for the interpreter and audience alike, old familiar works suddenly appear in a completely new light. In addition, he frequently turns his attention to forgotten masterpieces such as Joseph Joachim’s Violin Concerto, which he successfully championed, or the Violin Concerto No. 22 by Giovanni Battista Viotti, a contemporary of Mozart and Beethoven. To broaden his repertoire, he also commits himself to substantial new works, such as Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto, which he premiered in 2013. He has an unusually extensive repertoire and performs approximately 100 concerts every year.
Highlights of the 2021/2022 season include concerts with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, The Cleveland Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. In autumn 2021 he will be touring with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach and will be soloist in the Haydn2032 project of the Kammerorchester Basel under the baton of Giovanni Antonini. He also performs several duo recitals with pianist Lars Vogt at the Rheingau Music Festival, MDR Musiksommer, Festival International de Musique de Menton, Weilburger Schlosskonzerte and the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker. Further duo concerts with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will follow, including the Boulez Saal Berlin, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées as well as the Moscow State Philharmonic Society.
Christian Tetzlaff is regularly invited as Artist in Residence to present his musical views over a longer period of time, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dresden Philharmonic. In the 2021/2022 season, he will have this honour at London's Wigmore Hall. The residency with the London Symphony Orchestra, originally planned for the 2020/2021 season, will probably be postponed to 2022/2023.
Throughout his career Christian Tetzlaff has appeared with all the major orchestras, including the Wiener Philharmoniker, the New York Philharmonic, the Concertgebouworkest and all of London’s leading orchestras. He has worked with conductors including Sergiu Celibidache, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel and Kurt Masur and more recently with Barbara Hannigan, Christoph von Dohnányi, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Michael Tilson Thomas, to name but a few.
Christian Tetzlaff founded his own string quartet in 1994, and to this day chamber music is as close to his heart as his work as a soloist with or without orchestra. Every year he undertakes at least one extensive tour with the Tetzlaff Quartett, including the 2021/2022 season with concerts at the Kölner Philharmonie and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, among others, as well as a US tour including Carnegie Hall. The Tetzlaff Quartett was awarded the Diapason d’or in 2015 and the trio with his sister Tanja Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt was nominated for a Grammy award in 2016.
Christian Tetzlaff has also received numerous prizes for his CD recordings, including the “Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” and the “Diapason d’or” in 2018 as well as the Midem Classical Award in 2017. Of special significance is his solo recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas, which he has recorded for the third time and was released in September 2017. The Strad magazine praised this recording as “an attentive and lively answer to the beauty of Bach’s solos”. Most recently, a recording of the violin concertos by Beethoven and Sibelius with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Robin Ticciati was released on Ondine in autumn 2019 and has been enthusiastically received by both the press and the public.
Born in Hamburg in 1966 and now living in Berlin with his family, there are three things that make this musician unique, aside from his astounding skill on the violin. He interprets the musical manuscript in a literal fashion, perceives music as a language, and reads the great works as narratives that reflect existential insights. As obvious as it may sound, he brings an unusual approach in his daily concert routine.
Christian Tetzlaff tries to fulfill the musical text as deeply as possible – without indulging in the usual technical short-cuts on the violin – often allowing a renewed clarity and richness to arise in well-known works. As a violinist Tetzlaff tries to disappear behind the work – and paradoxically this makes his interpretations very personal.
Secondly, Christian Tetzlaff “speaks” through his violin. Like human speech, his playing comprises a wide range of expressive means and is not aimed solely at achieving harmoniousness or virtuosic brilliance.
Above all, however, he interprets the masterpieces of musical history as stories about first-hand experiences. The great composers have focused on intense feelings, great happiness and deep crises in their music; Christian Tetzlaff, as a musician, also explores the limits of feelings and musical expression. Many pieces deal with nothing less than life and death. Christian Tetzlaff’s aim is to convey this to his audience.
Significantly, Tetzlaff played in youth orchestras for many years. In Uwe-Martin Haiberg at the Lübeck Music Academy, he had a teacher for whom musical interpretation was the key to mastering violin technique, rather than the other way round.
Christian Tetzlaff plays a violin by the German violin maker Peter Greiner and teaches regularly at the Kronberg Academy.
He lives in Berlin with his wife, the photographer Giorgia Bertazzi, and three children.
Cellist Tanja Tetzlaff has been one of the most influential musicians of her generation for decades, both as a soloist and as well as a chamber musician. Her playing is characterised by a uniquely fine, at the same time powerful and nuanced sound, which is always accompanied by cultivated musicality. Tanja Tetzlaff's special trademark is her extraordinarily broad repertoire and her desire for cross-border concert formats. Going beyond the presentation of classical music, incorporating other art forms, and engaging with contemporary events is a particular concern of Tanja Tetzlaff. She plays all the standard works of the cello literature but is also a sought-after interpreter of 20th and 21st century compositions. She is particularly fond of the cello concertos by Unsuk Chin, John Casken, Witold Lutosławski, Jörg Widmann and Bernd Alois Zimmermann. In January 2021, she premiered the Double Concerto for Cello & Percussion by Rolf Wallin with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, followed by the world premiere of the Double Concerto for Cello & Percussion by Olga Neuwirth in September 2022.
In April 2021, Tanja Tetzlaff became the first scholarship recipient to be awarded the highly endowed Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship of the city of Weimar. Over a period of two years, she now has the opportunity to realise a film project that relates Bach's famous cello suites to nature and to issues of climate change.
Highlights of the 2021/2022 season are concerts with the Hamburger Symphonikern, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Heidelberger Philharmonikern and Bremer Philharmonikern. In the field of chamber music, she will be joined by her brother Christian Tetzlaff, pianist Lars Vogt, her husband Florian Donderer, clarinettist Kilian Herold, violinist Franziska Hölscher and saxophonist Asya Fateyeva. As part of the Tetzlaff Quartett will perfrat the Philharmonie Köln, the Konzert Theater Bern, the Thüringer Bachwochen, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Albert Konzerte Freiburg in Paris, Merano, Bolzano, and at the Konzerthaus Blaibach.
In the course of her career, Tanja Tetzlaff has performed with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Philharmonia Orchestra in London and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with renowned conductors including Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Heinz Holliger, Paavo Järvi, Sir Roger Norrington and Robin Ticciati. In addition, Tanja Tetzlaff is a founding member of the Tetzlaff Quartett and has performed worldwide with Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Kufferath and Hanna Weinmeister since 1994. With Lars Vogt and Christian Tetzlaff she also forms a permanent piano trio. Recordings have been published by CAvi, Ars, NEOS, and Ondine, including concertos by Wolfgang Rihm and Ernst Toch. A solo CD of Bach suites and works by Thorsten Encke was released in October 2019. Spring 2020 saw the release of the Beethoven Quartets with the Tetzlaff Quartett and the Piano Quintet by Suk.
Tanja Tetzlaff studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg under Professor Bernhard Gmelin and at the Mozarteum Salzburg under Professor Heinrich Schiff. She plays a cello by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini from 1776. Tanja Tetzlaff is committed to worldwide climate protection projects and works together with the environmental agency Arktik.
Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of our time. 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 thirty years. His versatility as an artist ranges from the music of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, to the romantics Schumann, Brahms, Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, through to 20th Century works such as the dazzling Lutosławski concerto.
In addition to his high-profile career as a pianist, Lars Vogt appears regularly as a conductor and took up the mantle of Music Director of Orchestre de chambre de Paris in July 2020. In the 2021/22 season he will curate his own series with the orchestra in Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Pierre Boulez Salle, as well as take the orchestra on tour. He also continues his relationship with the Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS), now as a Principal Artistic Partner, following a very successful five-year tenure as Music Director. With the RNS he developed a strong international profile with concerts in Amsterdam, Vienna, Budapest and Istanbul, and regular visits to French and German summer festivals.
This season, Lars also features as Artist in Residence with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern both as conductor and pianist, and concerto engagements include the Concertgebouworkest and St Louis Symphony and hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt orchestras.
Previous conducting collaborations include Zürcher Kammerorchester, Camerata Salzburg, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Niedersächsische Staatsorchester Hannover, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Sydney, Singapore and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. In May 2019 he undertook a highly acclaimed tour of Germany and France leading the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with concerts in Berlin, Frankfurt and Paris.
During his prestigious career Lars has played with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Staatskapelle Dresden, Wiener Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski and Robin Ticciati. His special relationship with the Berliner Philharmoniker has continued with regular collaborations following his appointment as their first ever “Pianist in Residence” in the 2003/04 season.
Lars enjoys a high profile as a chamber musician and in June 1998 he founded his own chamber festival in the village of Heimbach near Cologne. Known as Spannungen, the concerts take place in an art-nouveau hydro-electric power station. Its huge success has been marked by the release of several live recordings on the CAvi and EMI labels. In addition to Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars has enjoyed regular partnerships with colleagues such as Thomas Quasthoff, Ian Bostridge and Julian Pregardian and collaborates with actor Klaus-Maria Brandauer and comedian Konrad Beikircher.
An exponent of contemporary music, Lars works regularly with high-profile composers and has premiered works by Thomas Larcher, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Kryštof Mařatka and Volker David Kirchner.
A prolific recording artist, Lars works closely with the label Ondine, with whom solo releases have included his OPUS KLASSIK 2021 Award winning release of works by Janáček, and Bach’s Goldberg Variations which had unprecedented success in download charts. His orchestral recordings for Ondine with the Royal Northern Sinfonia of the complete Beethoven and Brahms concertos directed from the keyboard received wide critical acclaim. Chamber collaborations feature prominently in Lars’ discography and include Brahms, Mozart and Schumann sonatas with Christian Tetzlaff, as well as the GRAMMY nominated Brahms’ piano trios with Tanja Tetzlaff. In earlier years as an EMI recording artist, Lars made over ten discs with the label including with the Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle.
A passionate advocate of making music an essential life force in the community, in 2005 Lars established a major educational programme Rhapsody in School which brings his colleagues to schools across Germany and Austria, thereby connecting children with inspiring world-class musicians. He is also an accomplished and enthusiastic teacher and in 2013 was appointed Professor of Piano at the Hannover Conservatory of Music, succeeding Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, his former teacher and close friend. Lars lives in Nuremberg with his wife, the violinist Anna Reszniak, and his family.
Lars Vogt, Tanja Tetzlaff, Christian Tetzlaff © Giorgia Bertazzi
Tetzlaff, Tetzlaff, Vogt Trio © Giorgia Bertazzi
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Lars Vogt, Tanja Tetzlaff, Christian Tetzlaff © Giorgia Bertazzi
Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
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