Christian Tetzlaff, Violin
Tanja Tetzlaff, Cello
Lars Vogt, Piano
Christian Tetzlaff, Violin
Tanja Tetzlaff, Cello
Lars Vogt, Piano
SCHUMANN Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor
DVOŘÁK Piano Trio in F Minor
DVOŘÁK Andante—Vivace non troppo from Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 90, "Dumky"
Event DurationThe printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
This concert is made possible, in part, by The Joan and Ernest Bragin Endowment Fund.
At a Glance
SCHUMANN Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 63
Although Schumann composed four symphonies, several concertos, and even an opera, his impulsive genius found its most characteristic expression in art songs and piano pieces, including a small body of chamber music for keyboard and strings. Of his three piano trios, Op. 63 in D minor has long been an audience favorite, despite what Schumann himself described as its “gloomy” character. The work illustrates the “completely new manner of composing” that he explored in the 1840s.
DVOŘÁK Piano Trio in F Minor, Op. 65
As Dvořák strode onto the world stage in the late 1870s and early 1880s, his performing career booming and his works championed by a prominent German publisher, he set out to overcome his reputation as a musical nationalist in the mold of Smetana and cultivate a more sophisticated, cosmopolitan profile. In this brooding but richly lyrical masterpiece, he reasserts his identity as a Czech composer even as he embraces an international musical language.
An artist known for his musical integrity, technical assurance, and intelligent, compelling interpretations, Christian Tetzlaff is internationally recognized as one of the most sought-after violinists in classical music. From the outset of his career, Mr. Tetzlaff has performed and recorded a broad spectrum of the violin repertoire, ranging from Bach’s unaccompanied sonatas and partitas to 19th-century masterworks, 20th-century concertos, and world premieres of contemporary works such as Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto. A dedicated chamber musician, he frequently collaborates with distinguished artists who include Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt. He is the founder of the Tetzlaff Quartet, which he formed in 1994 with violinist Elisabeth Kufferath, violist Hanna Weinmeister, and his sister, cellist
Mr. Tetzlaff works regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including Christoph Eschenbach, Andris Nelsons, Sir Antonio Pappano, Robin Ticciati, Vladimir Jurowski, Paavo Järvi, and Manfred Honeck. He appears with major North American and European ensembles, as well as at prominent festivals that include the BBC Proms and the Verbier, Salzburg, Edinburgh, and Mostly Mozart festivals.
During the 2018–2019 season, Mr. Tetzlaff returns to Tanglewood to work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Adès. He also returns to The Cleveland Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra; performs as the featured soloist on a US tour with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas in Chicago, Washington, Boston, and Seattle; and tours with trio partners Tanja Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt to
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Washington, and Denver. Internationally, he tours Vietnam with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and appears with the London Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. He also serves as artist-in-residence at London’s Wigmore Hall.
Mr. Tetzlaff’s recordings have received numerous awards, including the Diapason d’Or (2018), MIDEM Classical Award (2017), and Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (2015). Most recently, his recording of Bartók’s violin concertos with the Helsinki Philharmonic and Hannu Lintu was chosen as Gramophone Concerto of the Year.
Mr. Tetzlaff currently performs on a violin modeled after a Guarneri “del Gesù” made by German violin maker Peter Greiner.
Cellist Tanja Tetzlaff performs an extensive range of works that embraces both core repertoire and contemporary compositions. Her recording of cello concertos by Wolfgang Rihm and Ernst Toch was released by NEOS Music.
The 2018–2019 season sees Ms. Tetzlaff perform with orchestras such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Halle, Zuger Sinfonietta, and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. She collaborates with conductors who include Alan Gilbert, André de Ridder, and Jaime Martín, and appears in concert with Sharon Kam, Carolin Widmann, Antti Siirala, and Dina Ugorskaja. The past season saw solo performances with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, and Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim. In May 2018, she was artist-in-residence at the SWR Schwetzinger Festspiele, where her multiple appearances were met with great enthusiasm from the public and press alike.
After enjoying successes in international competitions, Ms. Tetzlaff has subsequently performed with leading orchestras such as the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Paris, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with notable conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Daniel Harding, Sir Roger Norrington, Philippe Herreweghe, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Paavo Järvi, Michael Gielen, and Heinz Holliger, among others.
Ms. Tetzlaff regularly appears at world-renowned chamber music series and festivals, such as the Heidelberger Frühling, Bergen, Baden-Baden, and Edinburgh festivals. She is a member of the core ensemble of the Spannungen chamber music festival. Her regular chamber music partners include Lars Vogt, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Antje Weithaas, Florian Donderer, Baiba and Lauma Skride, and her brother, Christian Tetzlaff. This season, the Tetzlaff Quartet performs at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Pierre Boulez Saal, and Philharmonie Luxembourg.
Ms. Tetzlaff and her duet partner, pianist Gunilla Süssmann, have recorded three albums together. The first two were released by CAvi-music and feature, respectively, works by Brahms (2012) and a Nordic/Russian program (2008); their third album was released in the spring of 2018 and features works by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.
Ms. Tetzlaff studied with Bernhard Gmelin at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and with Heinrich Schiff at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She plays a cello by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini made in 1776.
Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation. He first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition; since then, he has enjoyed a varied career of more than 25 years.
In September 2015, Mr. Vogt took up the post of music director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Under his leadership, the orchestra has developed a strong international profile with regular visits to prominent festivals. In 2017, the ensemble performed a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul, and recorded the cycle for a series of releases with Ondine, which culminated in a disc released in March 2018 to critical acclaim.
Mr. Vogt begins the 2018–2019 season with a return to the Leeds Competition as a member of the jury. He makes conducting debuts with the Singapore and New Zealand symphony orchestras, Warsaw Philharmonic, and Orchestre de chambre de Paris. His engagements as a soloist include the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the prestigious ZaterdagMatinee series at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and concerts with the symphonies of San Francisco, St. Louis, and Baltimore. He also performs recitals in London, Salzburg, Barcelona, and Beijing, as well as at the Savannah Music Festival. Mr. Vogt performs with many of the world’s great orchestras and conductors, and regularly collaborates with the Berliner Philharmoniker, for whom he was the first-ever pianist-in-residence in the 2003–2004 season.
In June 1998, Mr. Vogt founded the Spannungen chamber music festival, where concerts take place in an art-nouveau hydroelectric power station in Heimbach, Germany. The festival’s success has been marked by the release of several live recordings on EMI and CAvi-music. A prolific recording artist, Mr. Vogt now works closely with the Ondine label, with recent releases that include solo works by Schubert, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and a Grammy-nominated recording of Brahms’s piano trios with Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff.
In 2005, Mr. Vogt established the educational program Rhapsody in School, which brings his colleagues to schools across Germany and Austria, connecting children with inspiring world-class musicians. An accomplished teacher, he was appointed professor of piano at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater, und Medien Hannover in 2013, succeeding Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, his former teacher and close friend.