Tanja Tetzlaff


The cellist Tanja Tetzlaff studied with Bernhard Gmelin at the Conservatory of her native Hamburg and with Heinrich Schiff at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. After winning prizes at several international competitions, including the ARD Music Competition in Munich, she began her career in 1996 as principal cellist with the  Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. At the same time as this orchestral engagement, she furthered her career as a soloist and chamber musician. Tanja Tetzlaff has concertized with such ensembles as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has worked with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Michael Gielen, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Heinz Holliger, Paavo Järvi, Lorin Maazel, and Sir Roger Norrington. In the 2016-17 season she will perform as a soloist with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. In October 2016, together with her brother Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt, she appeared as a guest artist in Antwerp, Luxembourg, Freiburg, Bilbao, Paris, and London. Among Tanja Tetzlaff’s additional chamber music partners are Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Antje Weithaas, Florian Donderer, Baiba and Lauma Skride, Carolin Widmann, and Sharon Kam. She regularly performs with the Swedish pianist Gunilla Süssmann in a duo, and they have released two CDs: one with works of Brahms and one with a Russian-Scandinavian program. She is moreover a member of the Tetzlaff Quartet, which was founded in 1994 and which won the Diapason de l’année in 2015. Tanja Tetzlaff plays a cello built by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1776.

November 2016