Performance Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 7 PM

Tetzlaff Quartet

Zankel Hall
Acclaimed for their ability to maintain individual personality amidst a perfectly unified ensemble, the members of the Tetzlaff Quartet have become highly demanded as solo artists and for their chamber work together. Guided by violinist Christian Tetzlaff’s superlative technique and intensity, the group has been praised for playing “a dazzling palette of sounds, roaring like a full symphony or whispering at near-inaudibility” (The Washington Post). The ensemble comes to Carnegie Hall to play a recital of classic quartets by Haydn, Bartók, and Beethoven.


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


  • HAYDN String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2
  • BARTÓK String Quartet No. 4
  • BEETHOVEN String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132

  • Encore:
  • HAYDN Menuet: Allegretto from String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 20, No. 3

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Tetzlaff Quartet

    The Tetzlaff Quartet has rapidly established a reputation as "one of the world's most fascinating chamber ensembles" (La Nazione). In 1994, after discovering a mutual devotion to chamber music, Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff, Hanna Weinmeister, and Elisabeth Kufferath formed a string quartet;  since then, they have played several chamber music evenings every season, for which they have received critical acclaim.


    The Tetzlaff Quartet frequently gives concerts in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Great Britain, and the US, at venues that include the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Société Philharmonique in Brussels, Vienna's Musikverein, and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, as well as the Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein, and Bremen international music festivals. The quartet's first CD on the Avi Music label, featuring works by Schoenberg and Sibelius, was released in September 2010.



    Christian Tetzlaff

    "One of the most brilliant and inquisitive artists of the new generation" (The New York Times), Christian Tetzlaff is in demand as a soloist on stages worldwide. At home in the Classical and Romantic repertoire as well as contemporary music, Mr. Tetzlaff has set standards with his interpretations of the violin concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Berg, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, and Ligeti. He is particularly well known for his incomparable performances of the Bach solo sonatas and partitas. In 2005, he was Musical America's Instrumentalist of the Year. He frequently plays recitals with pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in international musical centers that include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and Vienna's Konzerthaus and Musikverein, as well as venues in London, Paris, Berlin, and Munich. Mr. Tetzlaff plays a violin by German violinmaker Peter Greiner.

    Elisabeth Kufferath

    Elisabeth Kufferath studied at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She was laureate of the Cleveland Concerto Competition in 1991 and of the Vienna Modern Masters International Competition, where she won first prize in 1996. In 2003, she was awarded the IBLA Foundation's Distinguished Musician's Award. Ms. Kufferath has appeared at international festivals that include Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Ravinia, and Aspen. In addition, she has performed as a soloist or in chamber music ensembles with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Cologne Philharmonic, and at the Vienna Musikverein and the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, as well as in Rome, Florence, and Brussels. Her regular chamber music partners include Lars Vogt, Antje Weithaas, Isabelle Faust, Jens Peter Maintz, and Markus Becker. From 1997 to 2004, Ms. Kufferath served as concertmaster of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and subsequently as professor of violin at the conservatory in Detmold. Since 2009, she has held the post of violin professor at the conservatory in Hannover, Germany. She plays a violin by Peter Greiner.

    Hanna Weinmeister

    Hanna Weinmeister was born in Salzburg and graduated from that city's Mozarteum. She later attended the Musikhochschule in Vienna, and also participated in Zakhar Bron's master class in Lübeck. She is a laureate of numerous international competitions, including the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg (1991), Concours International Jacques Thibaud (1994), and International Parkhouse Award in London. In addition to serving as first concertmaster at the Zurich Opera House, she gives concerts as a soloist and chamber musician on both violin and viola. Ms. Weinmeister has appeared as a soloist with the Munich Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the batons of Franz Welser-Möst, Eliahu Inbal, and Michael Gielen. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with artists who include Heinrich Schiff, Leonidas Kavakos, Heinz Holliger, Gidon Kremer, Alexander Lonquich, Alexei Lubimov, and Benjamin Schmid. Since 1998, she has been concertmaster of the Zurich Opera Orchestra. In addition, she taught at the Musikschule Conservatorium Bern from 2000 to 2004. She plays a viola by Peter Greiner.

    Tanja Tetzlaff

    Tanja Tetzlaff studied under Bernhard Gmelin at the Hamburg Conservatory and Heinrich Schiff at the Salzburg Mozarteum. She has won awards at several international competitions, including first prize at the Erste Internationale Musikwettbewerb (First International Music Competition) in Vienna in 1992 and third prize at the ARD Competition 1994. Ms. Tetzlaff performs as soloist as well as in chamber ensembles throughout Europe, the US, Australia, and Japan, and regularly plays at international festivals in Risør, Bergen, Feldkirch, Schwetzingen, Delft, Heimbach, Berlin, and Bremer, as well as the Beethovenfest Bonn and the KlangBogen festival in Vienna. She gives concerts with most of Germany's renowned orchestras as well as with such international orchestras as the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, and Queensland Symphony Orchestra (Brisbane). She has worked with conductors who include Daniel Harding, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Paavo Järvi. She is especially dedicated to chamber music, and gives concerts regularly with such musicians as Lars Vogt, Alexander Lonquich, Martin Fröst, Leif Ove Andsnes, Florian Donderer, and Gunilla Süssmann. Ms. Tetzlaff plays a violoncello made in 1776 by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini.

    More Info


Pre-concert talk starts at 6:00 PM in Zankel Hall with members of the Tetzlaff Quartet in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.


Beethoven's String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132 (Molto adagio—Andante)
Cleveland Quartet

At a Glance

JOSEPH HAYDN  String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2

Prolific and endlessly imaginative, Haydn virtually created the genre of the string quartet as we know it. His six Op. 20 quartets bedazzled audiences in the 1770s with their prodigal display of formal and melodic invention. In making the four players more or less equal partners in the give-and-take of a musical conversation, Haydn distanced himself from the top-heavy part writing that characterized the instrumental chamber music of the Rococo period.

BÉLA BARTÓK  String Quartet No. 4

Throughout his life, Bartók employed the string quartet as a vehicle for his deepest and most personal musical thoughts. As composer-critic Virgil Thomson observed, "The quartets of Bartók have a sincerity, indeed, and a natural elevation that are well-nigh unique in the history of music." In contrast to the highly compressed single-movement form of the Third Quartet of 1927, the Fourth Quartet is cast in the symmetrical, multi-movement arch structure characteristic of several of the composer's earlier works.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132

The second of three quartets commissioned by Russian Prince Nikolai Golitsïn, Op. 132 centers on its deeply felt slow movement, a "sacred song of thanksgiving from a convalescent to the divinity" that celebrates Beethoven's recovery from a serious illness in 1825. Like the Ninth Symphony, completed a year earlier, the A-Minor Quartet depicts a struggle between light and darkness that culminates in a life-affirming major-key ending.

Program Notes
The programming of Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall is supported by major endowment gifts from the Estate of Arthur Zankel and the Zankel Charitable Lead Trust.
This performance is part of Chamber Sessions I.