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Christian Tetzlaff


An artist known for his musical integrity, technical assurance and compelling interpretations, Christian Tetzlaff has for many years been internationally recognized as one of the most sought-after violinists and exciting musicians on the classical music scene. He has performed and recorded a broad spectrum of repertoire ranging from Bach’s unaccompanied sonatas and partitas to world premieres of contemporary works such as the Jorg Widmann Violin Concerto. A dedicated chamber musician, he founded the Tetzlaff Quartet in 1994 with violinist Elisabeth Kufferath, violist Hanna Weinmeister and his sister, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff. He appears regularly with the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Pittsburgh, among many others in the U.S., as well as the major European ensembles. He is also a guest at the world’s most prominent summer music festivals. He has received numerous awards for his recordings including the “Diapason d’or” in 2018, the Midem Classical Award in 2017 and the “Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” in 2015. Most recently, his recording of the Bartók Violin Concertos with the Helsinki Philharmonic was chosen as the Gramophone Concerto Recording of the Year. Also of special significance are his recordings of the unaccompanied Bach Sonatas and Partitas.