Performance Sunday, May 1, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Christian Tetzlaff
Antje Weithaas

Zankel Hall
On their own, each of these violinists is exemplary. Together, they’re a one-two knockout punch of virtuosity and style. Tetzlaff and Weithaas play music by composers who know how to bring all the beauty and fire out of the violin, from Bartók to Ysaÿe. It’s just two violins, and it promises to be spectacular.


  • Antje Weithaas, Violin
  • Christian Tetzlaff, Violin


  • BARTÓK Violin Duos, BB 104
    ·· Transylvanian Dance, No. 44
    ·· Fairy Tale, No. 19
    ·· Burlesque, No. 16
    ·· Sorrow, No. 28
    ·· Pizzicato, No. 43
    ·· Bagpipes, No. 36
    ·· New Year’s Greeting I, No. 21
    ·· Arabian Song, No. 42
  • LECLAIR Sonata in D Major, Op. 3, No. 6
  • BÉRIOT Duo Concertant in G Minor, Op. 57, No. 1
  • YSAŸE Sonata for Two Violins in A Minor
  • BARTÓK Violin Duos, BB 104
    ·· Harvest Song, No. 33
    ·· Serbian Dance, No. 39
    ·· Song, No. 20
    ·· Wedding Song, No. 23
    ·· Mosquito Dance, No. 22
    ·· Romanian Dance, No. 40

  • Perspectives:
    Christian Tetzlaff


  • Antje Weithaas

    One of the most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians of her generation, Antje Weithaas has a wide-ranging repertoire that includes the great concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schumann; modern classics by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Ligeti, and Gubaidulina; and lesser performed concertos by Korngold, Hartmann, and Schoeck.

    Ms. Weithaas has been invited to perform with Germany's leading orchestras, including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberger Symphoniker, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and the major German radio orchestras. She has also performed with numerous major international orchestras, such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the leading orchestras of the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Asia. She has worked with the illustrious conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Neville Marriner, Yuri Temirkanov, Yakov Kreizberg, Sakari Oramo, and Carlos Kalmar. As Artistic Director of the Camerata Bern, Ms. Weithaas will collaborate this season with Tabea Zimmermann and Jörg Widmann, among others. As Artist-in-Residence at the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, she performs the Beethoven and Widmann violin concertos and directs the orchestra in several programs.

    Ms. Weithaas is particularly active in the field of chamber music. Her musical partners include Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Clemens Hagen, Silke Avenhaus, Sharon Kam, and Lars Vogt. She is a member of the Arcanto Quartet, along with Daniel Sepec, Tabea Zimmermann, and Jean-Guihen Queyras. The quartet has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall in London, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Kölner Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, as well as at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele and the Edinburgh, Helsinki, Rheingau, and Montreux festivals. Having already toured Japan twice, the Arcanto Quartet introduced itself to North American audiences in October 2010. The ensemble has released three albums on Harmonia Mundi, with repertoire by Bartók, Brahms, Ravel, Dutilleux, and Debussy. Ms. Weithaas has released several highly praised solo recordings of sonatas by Brahms and Mendelssohn, in addition to works by Schubert, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Fauré on AVI Music.

    Ms. Weithaas began playing the violin at age 4, and later studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin with Werner Scholz. She won the International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition in Graz in 1987, the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1988, and the Hannover International Violin Competition in 1991. After teaching at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Ms. Weithaas became a professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in 2004. She plays on a 2001 Peter Greiner violin.
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  • Christian Tetzlaff

    Known for his musical integrity, technical assurance, and intelligent interpretations, Christian Tetzlaff is internationally recognized as one of the most important violinists of his generation.

    From the outset of his career, Mr. Tetzlaff has performed and recorded a broad spectrum of repertoire. In high demand as a soloist around the world, he has performed with the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles, as well as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna and Rotterdam philharmonic orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, among many others. A dedicated chamber musician, he collaborates with distinguished artists, including Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt, and is the founder of the Tetzlaff Quartet, which he formed in 1994 with violinist Elisabeth Kufferath, violist Hanna Weinmeister, and his sister, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff.

    Born in Hamburg, Mr. Tetzlaff began intensive study of the violin at age 14, and attributes the establishment of his musical outlook to Uwe-Martin Haiberg, his teacher at the conservatory in Lübeck. He also studied with Walter Levine at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and spent two summers at the Marlboro Music Festival.

    As a 2010-2011 Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist, Mr. Tetzlaff appears with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble ACJW with Sir Simon Rattle, the Tetzlaff Quartet, and in a duo-recital with violinist Antje Weithaas. In addition, he leads a Professional Training Workshop for young violinists and pianists.

    Mr. Tetzlaff's season also includes appearances with the National and Toronto symphony orchestras; New World Symphony; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Leipzig, Helsinki, and London; and a European tour with the San Francisco Symphony. He performs Bach's complete sonatas and partitas in Lisbon, Dresden, and at the University of California at Berkeley, and performs Beethoven's sonatas with pianist Alexander Lonquich in Tokyo and with the Tetzlaff Quartet throughout North America and Europe.

    Mr. Tetzlaff's highly regarded recordings include recent projects with the Russian National Orchestra and Kent Nagano, the Tonhalle-Orchester and David Zinman, Mitsuko Uchida and the Ensemble Intercontemporain led by Pierre Boulez, and Leif Ove Andsnes. Upcoming recording collaborations include the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Mr. Boulez, and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Paavo Järvi.

    Mr. Tetzlaff lives near Frankfurt with his wife, a clarinetist with the Oper Frankfurt, and their three children. He performs on a violin modeled after a Guarneri del Gesù made by Peter Greiner. In honor of his artistic achievements, Musical America named him Instrumentalist of the Year in 2005.
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Bartók 44 Duos for Two Violins
András Keller, Violin; Jaós Pilz, Violin

At a Glance

JEAN-MARIE LECLAIR  Sonata in D Major, Op. 3, No. 6
Leclair is one of the sources of the great French tradition of violin playing that flowed through Bériot to Ysaÿe and beyond. The violinists of the French and Belgian school were known for their suavity of tone and suppleness of phrasing, in contrast to the sharp-edged brilliance favored by the Italians. These qualities are reflected in Leclair’s elegantly crafted Sonata.

BÉLA BARTÓK  Violin Duos, BB 104
Although his chosen instrument was the piano, Bartók wrote with special sensitivity for the violin. His 44 short duos, designed (like his better-known Mikrokosmos for piano) as student pieces in progressive order of difficulty, grew out of his lifelong interest in the folk music of Hungary, Romania, and other eastern European countries.

CHARLES-AUGUSTE DE BÉRIOT  Duo Concertant in G Minor, Op. 57, No. 1
Remembered today chiefly for his sparkling Scène de Ballet, Bériot was one of the preeminent violinists of the mid-19th century. Among the many bravura solo pieces that he wrote, primarily to show off his own mastery of the instrument, are 10 concertos and this brilliant, concerto-like duo.

EUGÈNE YSAŸE  Sonata for Two Violins in A Minor
Like Bériot, Ysaÿe is better known as a violinist than as a composer. But some of his music—including six bracingly difficult sonatas for unaccompanied violin—has established itself in the modern concert repertoire. This duo sonata was written for Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, who may or may not have been up to its formidable technical challenges.

Program Notes
This performance is part of Chamber Sessions II.

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