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Christian Tetzlaff

Biography

Born: April 29, 1966; Hamburg, Germany  
Violinist Christian Tetzlaff possesses a repertory that reaches from J.S. Bach to Ligeti and beyond, and regularly appears in orchestral and chamber concerts. He is a popular recording artist, with more than 30 recordings to his credit, most issued on major labels like EMI Classics and Virgin Classics. He has received international acclaim for his performances and recordings of the six Bach solo sonatas and partitas, as well as for the five Read more Mozart concertos. But he has achieved equal success for much else, including his Bartók Second and Beethoven and Brahms concertos. Tetzlaff has also championed a fair amount of contemporary music: beside his highly praised accounts of the Schoenberg, Berg, and Ligeti concertos -- the latter given on an acclaimed international tour in 1999-2000 -- he premiered the Johannes Harneit violin concerto in Freiburg, Germany, in 2000. Tetzlaff frequently performs in concert with major orchestras and partners with many of the world's leading artists, like Yo-Yo Ma, Christoph Eschenbach, Sabine Meyer, Heinrich Schiff, and cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, his sister.

Christian Tetzlaff was born in Hamburg, Germany, on April 29, 1966. Having shown talent on both piano and violin in his childhood, he eventually chose the latter instrument, and by his early teens was an accomplished violinist. His official debut at 14 in the Beethoven violin concerto was a notable success. He later studied at the Musikhochschule Lübeck with Uwe-Martin Haiberg and at the Cincinnati University College-Conservatory of Music with Walter Levine.

From about 1989 he began to draw international notice: his Schoenberg violin concerto performance with the Cleveland Orchestra that year was widely hailed, and in Europe he was beginning to make regular appearances in Paris, Cologne, London, and other major venues. Tetzlaff's New York City recital debut in 1993 at the 92nd Street Y in a program of J.S. Bach, Ysa˙e, and Bartók, was highly praised in The New York Times. That same year Tetzlaff's first recording of the six Bach solo sonatas and partitas on Virgin Classics drew rave reviews and is still considered a benchmark recording in that repertory.

In 2001 Tetzlaff made notable appearances at several major European festivals with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, and the two later collaborated for acclaimed Virgin Classics recordings (2002-2004) of sonatas by Brahms, Janácek, Ravel, Debussy, Nielsen, and Bartók. Among Tetzlaff's newer recordings are his 2006-2007 Virgin Classics CDs of the Mozart concertos, on which he also performs as conductor. Read less
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    Shostakovich: Violin Concertos 1 & 2 / Tetzlaff, Storgards, Helsinki Philharmonic
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1239 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff
    Conductor:  John Storgĺrds
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Creating Timeless Classics
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186531 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Helmchen,  Alexei Ogrintchouk,  Vesko Eschkenazy,  Jonathan Gilad  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Lawrence Foster,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Vladimir Jurowski  ... 
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    Beethoven - Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94630 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 86
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena Döse,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  David Zinman,  Gérard Oskamp,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    Schumann: Violin Sonatas / Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1205 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff,  Lars Vogt
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    Boulanger, Hindemith, Debussy
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553295 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lili Boulanger,  Claude Debussy,  Nadia Boulanger,  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Wanzhen Li,  Tanja Tetzlaff,  Gunilla Süssmann,  Alina Ibragimova  ... 
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    Clara Schumann: Piano Trio; Franz Schubert: Quartet Rosamunde; Trio D471
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553294 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Clara Wieck Schumann
    Performer:  Rachel Roberts,  Tanja Tetzlaff,  Antje Weithaas,  Christian Tetzlaff  ... 
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    Widmann: Violin Concerto, Insel Der Siren, Antiphon / Tetzlaff, Harding, Swedish Radio Symphony
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1215 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jörg Widmann
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart: Sonatas For Piano And Violin / Tetzlaff, Vogt
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1204-2 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff,  Lars Vogt
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    Turnage: Orchestral Works / London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 66 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff,  Lawrence Power,  Michael Collins
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski,  Markus Stenz,  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2586 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Michel Portal,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Paul Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christopher Warren-Green,  John Nelson,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
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    Duo, Trio, Quartet - Haydn, Rossini, Schubert / Eberle, Tetzlaff, Weithaas, Roberts
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553259 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gioachino Rossini,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Martin Helmchen,  Veronika Eberle,  Marie-Elisabeth Hecker,  Tanja Tetzlaff  ... 
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    Mozart: Violin Concertos, Rondos / Christian Tetzlaff
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2488 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff
    Conductor:  Christian Tetzlaff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
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    Relaxing Mozart
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7317092 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Naoko Yoshino,  Samuel Coles,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Sabine Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christopher Warren-Green,  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
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    Hindemith: Kammermusik / Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 678411 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Lars Vogt,  Georg Faust,  Kolja Blacher,  Wolfram Christ  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No 1, Symphony No 3 / Tetzlaff, Boulez, Vienna PO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001640902 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Classical 2012 / Angela Gheorghiu, David Fray, Alison Balsom, Jonas Kaufmann
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6804032 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Natalie Dessay,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato,  Antonio Pappano,  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble,  Les Talens Lyriques,  I Barocchisti  ... 
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    Mendelssohn, Schumann: Violin Concertos / Christian Tetzlaff, Paavo Jarvi
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1195 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Bach: Contrapunctus XI; Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 1; String Quartet Op. 132 / Rivinias, Pilsen, Tetzlaff, Weithaas, Roberts
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553225 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Antje Weithaas,  Christian Tetzlaff,  Rachel Roberts,  Tanja Tetzlaff  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 3; Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553224 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff,  Lars Vogt,  Tanja Tetzlaff,  Antje Weithaas  ... 
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    Zen Violin
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 94556 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Marie Leclair,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Warren-Green,  Jonathan Rees,  Christian Tetzlaff,  Jean-Jacques Kantorow  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green,  Jonathan Rees,  Jean-Jacques Kantorow,  Christian Tetzlaff  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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    Schumann: Piano Trios / Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 94180 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Christian Tetzlaff,  Tanja Tetzlaff
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  • 22.
    50 Best Violin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 48494 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Nathan Milstein,  Leon Pommers,  Gidon Kremer  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Herbert von Karajan,  Efrem Kurtz,  Pierre Dervaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Sibelius, Schoenberg: String Quartets / Tetzlaff Quartet
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553202 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Elisabeth Kufferath,  Christian Tetzlaff,  Hanna Weinmeister,  Tanja Tetzlaff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tetzlaff Quartet
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  • 24.
    Essential Violin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07154 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jules Massenet,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Gidon Kremer,  Leonid Kogan  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Efrem Kurtz,  Herbert von Karajan,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
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    Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No 1, Symphony No 3 / Tetzlaff, Boulez, Vienna PO [Deluxe Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001469102 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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