Christian Tetzlaff




Equally at home in classical, romantic and contemporary repertoire, Christian Tetzlaff sets standards with his interpretations of the violin concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Berg and Ligeti, and is renowned for his innovative chamber music projects and performances of Bach.

The 2016/17 season sees Christian perform with the Metropolitan Orchestra New York, the Los Angeles and London philharmonic orchestras, the Chicago and Sydney symphony orchestras and he will be Artist-in-Residence at the Netherlands Philharmonic in Amsterdam. He will join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati on a tour of East Asia and to the United States with pianist Lars Vogt. In addition he will tour Europe with the Tetzlaff Quartett and in trio with Tanja Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt to cities such as Paris, London, Amsterdam and Berlin.

Christian’s 2015/16 season saw performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood (Andris Nelsons), San Francisco Symphony (Susanna Mälkki), The Philadelphia Orchestra (Fabio Luisi), Minnesota Orchestra (Osmo Vänskä), Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Riccardo Chailly), Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Paavo Järvi), Staatskapelle Dresden (Manfred Honeck), London Philharmonic Orchestra (Christoph Eschenbach), Budapest Festival Orchestra (Jukka-Pekka Saraste) and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (Gianandrea Noseda).


The previous season saw Christian as Artist-in-Residence with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he worked with Sir Simon Rattle in various programmes. Other highlights included performances with the Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras.

Christian’s recordings have received numerous prizes and awards, including the Diapason d’Or, Edison, Midem Classical and ECHO Klassik awards, as well as several Grammy nominations. His discography includes the violin concertos by Dvořák, Mozart, Lalo, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Jörg Widmann; Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Mambo Blues and Tarantella; violin sonatas by Mozart, Bartók, Schumann and Brahms; and Bach’s complete solo sonatas and partitas. His most recent recordings (Brahms piano trios with Lars Vogt and Tanja Tetzlaff, and Shostakovich’s violin concertos with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds) were released by Ondine.

Born in Hamburg in 1966, Christian Tetzlaff studied at the Lübeck Conservatory with Uwe-Martin Haiberg and in Cincinnati with Walter Levin. He has been Artist-in-Residence with Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and hr-Sinfonieorchester. He plays a violin by the German maker Peter Greiner and teaches at the Kronberg Academy.

Rosendal Chamber Music Festival Performances
Thursday 10th August - 19:30 - The Great Hall



  • Piano Quartet in G-minor K478. Francesco Piemontesi, piano; Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Tabea Zimmermann, viola; Tanja Tetzlaff, cello
  • Clarinet Quintet in A-major K581. Martin Fröst, clarinet; Tetzlaff-Quartet
Friday 11th August - 14:30 - The Great Hall


  • String Quartet in D-minor K421. Tetzlaff-Quartet
Friday 11th August - 22:00 - Church


  • Quatour pour la fin du temps (1941). Martin Fröst, clarinet; Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Tanja Tetzlaff, cello; Francesco Piemontesi, piano
Saturday 12th August - 11:00 - The Great Hall


  • Violin Sonata in G-major K379. Christian Tetzlaff, Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Saturday 12th August - 19:00 - The Great Hall


  • String Quartet in E-flat major K428. Tetzlaff Quintet
Sunday 13th August - 12:00 - The Great Hall


  • Sonata for Violin and Piano in G-major (1923-27). Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano