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Christian Tetzlaff, who was born in 1966 in Hamburg, graduated from the Lübeck Music Academy, where he studied violin with Uwe Martin Haiberg; in 1985-86 he spent a year in Cincinnati working with Walter Levin, former first violinist of the LaSalle Quartet, to perfect his skills. Since his official concert debut at the Berlin Festival in 1988, when he performed Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto, Tetzlaff has appeared with such leading orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the renowned London orchestras, as well as the “Big Five” orchestras in the United States. In the 2011-12 season he undertook a South American tour with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, joined the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons on their tour of Spain and France, and appeared with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding in the Far East. Tetzlaff devotes himself to a repertoire encompassing Bach to the present. Chamber music occupies an important place in his artistic work: in the past season he concertized with Lars Vogt in the United States and performed as resident artist with the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Christian Tetzlaff has also brought his wide-ranging artistry to LUCERNE FESTIVAL, where he was featured in 2005 as “artiste étoile.” Tetzlaff’s discography has won such awards as the Diapason d’Or, the Edison Award, and the Echo Klassik; his latest CD, of Schumann piano trios was included in the German Record Critics’ best-of list in the fall of 2011. Christian Tetzlaff plays a violin modeled after a Guarneri del Gesù and built by the German violin maker Peter Greiner.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 1989, as part of the Young Artists series in works by Mozart, Webern, Prokofiev, and Beethoven.