Performance Sunday, April 10, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Tetzlaff Quartet

Zankel Hall
“They produce a dazzling palette of sounds, roaring like a symphony or whispering at near-inaudibility,” raves The Washington Post. The color and variety of this group, which includes Perspectives artist Christian Tetlzaff, will be on full display in this program, which runs from the Classical-era clarity of Haydn to the radiant luminescence of the work that made Schoenberg’s name in fin-de-siècle Vienna.


  • Tetzlaff Quartet
    ·· Christian Tetzlaff, Violin
    ·· Elisabeth Kufferath, Violin
    ·· Hanna Weinmeister, Viola
    ·· Tanja Tetzlaff, Cello


  • HAYDN String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 20, No. 3
  • MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13, "Ist es wahr?"
  • SCHOENBERG String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 7

  • Perspectives:
    Christian Tetzlaff


  • Tetzlaff Quartet

    Christian Tetzlaff, Violin
    Elisabeth Kufferath, Violin
    Hanna Weinmeister, Viola
    Tanja Tetzlaff, Cello

    The Tetzlaff Quartet is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the world's most fascinating chamber ensembles and has received critical acclaim since its founding in 1994.

    In addition to concerts in Germany, the quartet frequently performs in France, Italy, Belgium, and Switzerland, and at the Louvre in Paris, Société Philharmonique of Brussels, Musikverein in Vienna, and such international festivals as the Berliner Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein, and Musikfest Bremen. The quartet released its first CD on the AVI label in September 2010, featuring works by Schoenberg and Sibelius.

    Christian Tetzlaff's artistry stems from a musical integrity and technical assurance that enable him to realize intelligent and compelling interpretations. He is known for performances and recordings of such wide-ranging repertoire as Bach's unaccompanied sonatas and partitas; 19th-century masterworks by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Brahms; 20th-century concertos by Bartók, Berg, and Shostakovich; and world premieres of contemporary works. In 2005, Mr. Tetzlaff was chosen by Musical America as Instrumentalist of the Year. He has appeared with the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Toronto, among many others in North America, and with major European ensembles, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Mr. Tetzlaff frequently plays recitals with pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in the major international musical centers, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, and throughout London, Paris, Berlin, and Munich. Mr. Tetzlaff currently performs on a violin modeled after a Guarneri del Gesu, made by German violinmaker Peter Greiner.

    Violinist Elisabeth Kufferath studied at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Donald Weilerstein. She is the laureate of the 1991 Cleveland Concerto Competition and the Vienna Modern Masters International Competition, where she won the first prize in 1996. In 2003, she was awarded the IBLA Foundation Distinguished Musician Award. Ms. Kufferath is a frequent guest at international festivals, including Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Ravinia, and Aspen, and has performed as a soloist and in chamber ensembles at the Berlin Philharmonie, Cologne Philharmonic, Vienna Musikverein, and the Louvre in Paris. Her regular chamber-music partners include Lars Vogt, Antje Weithaas, Isabelle Faust, Jens Peter Maintz, and Markus Becker. Ms. Kufferath was concertmaster of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2004. She became a professor of violin at the conservatory in Detmold, Germany, in 2004, followed by a professorship at the conservatory in Hannover, Germany, that she has held since 2009. Ms. Kufferath performs on a violin by Peter Greiner.

    Violist Hanna Weinmeister was born in Salzburg and began her early studies at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg. She later attended the Musikhochschules in Vienna and Lübeck. She is a laureate of numerous competitions, including the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg (1991), the Concours Long-Thibaud (1994), and the Parkhouse Award in London. Ms. Weinmeister has appeared as a soloist with the Munich and Berlin philharmonics, SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, under conductors Franz Welser-Möst, Eliahu Inbal, and Michael Gielen. Her chamber-music appearances have included collaborations with Heinrich Schiff, Leonidas Kavakos, Heinz Holliger, Gidon Kremer, Alexander Lonquich, Alexei Lubimov, and Benjamin Schmid. Ms. Weinmeister taught at the Bern Conservatory from 2000 to 2004, and has been concertmaster of the Zurich Opera House Orchestra since 1998. She plays a viola by Peter Greiner.

    Cellist Tanja Tetzlaff was a student of Bernhard Gmelin at the Hochschule für Musik Hamburg and Heinrich Schiff and the Salzburg Mozarteum. She has won several international competitions, including top prize at the first Internationaler Musikwettbewerb in Vienna in 1992, and the third prize at the 1994 ARD Music Competition. Ms. Tetzlaff has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, the US, Australia, and Japan, and regularly plays at many international festivals. She has appeared with most major German orchestras, as well as with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, and Queensland Symphony Orchestra, with such conductors as Daniel Harding, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Paavo Järvi. Ms. Tetzlaff is especially interested in chamber music, and collaborates with such musicians as Lars Vogt, Alexander Lonquich, Martin Fröst, Leif Ove Andsnes, Florian Donderer, and Gunilla Süssmann. She plays a cello made in 1776 by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini.
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Haydn String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 20, No. 3 (III. Poco Adagio)
Amsterdam String Quartet
Channel Classics

At a Glance

JOSEPH HAYDN  String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 20, No. 3
Haydn’s six Op. 20 string quartets bedazzled audiences in the 1770s with their prodigal display of formal and melodic invention. By making the four players more or less equal partners, Haydn distanced himself from the top-heavy part writing that characterized the instrumental chamber music of the Rococo period.

FELIX MENDELSSOHN  String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13, “Ist es wahr?”
Written at age 18, the A-Minor Quartet bears the hallmarks of Mendelssohn’s precocious genius in its technical assurance and the confident handling of large-scale forms. It also reflects his close study of Beethoven’s quartets.

ARNOLD SCHOENBERG  String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 7
The First Quartet was Schoenberg’s personal favorite; he considered it the “most mature” of his four numbered quartets. It looks backward to the hyper-chromatic musical language of Wagner and Mahler, and forward to the emancipated dissonances of Schoenberg’s atonal works.

Program Notes
This performance is part of Chamber Sessions I.

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