Photo illustrating page  Master Class Christian Tetzlaff

Master Class

Christian Tetzlaff

Czech Philharmonic

These master classes with superb soloists with the Czech Philharmonic are for students including those at music schools and elementary schools of the arts.

Education programs
Duration of the programme 2 hod
  • There is no admission fee for students, however, students are required to show a valid student ID and collect a ticket prior to the event at the Box Office in Rudolfinum.
  • Standard tickets are available for CZK 250.

Christian Tetzlaff

Photo illustrating the event Master Class Christian Tetzlaff
Rudolfinum — Dvorak Hall
23 Nov 2017  Thursday — 10.00am
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There is no admission fee for students, however, students are required to show a valid student ID and collect a ticket prior to the event at the Box Office in Rudolfinum.

Standard tickets are available for CZK 250

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Christian Tetzlaff  violin
Christian Tetzlaff

Christian Tetzlaff has been one of the most sought-after violinists and exciting musicians on the classical music scene for many years. “The greatest performance of the work I’ve ever heard,” Tim Ashley wrote in the Guardian about his interpretation of the Beethovenʼs Violin Concerto with Daniel Harding.

Concerts with Christian Tetzlaff often become an existential experience for interpreter and audience alike; old familiar works suddenly appear in an entirely new light. In addition, he frequently turns his attention to forgotten masterpieces like Joseph Joachim’s Violin Concerto, which he successfully championed, and attempts to establish important new works in the repertoire, such as the Violin Concerto by Jörg Widmann, which he premiered. He has an unusually extensive repertoire and gives approximately 100 concerts every year. Christian Tetzlaff served as Artist in Residence with the Berlin Philharmonic, participated in a concert series over several seasons with New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under James Levine and appears regularly as a guest with such ensembles as the Vienna and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, the Concertgebouw Orchestra and London’s leading orchestras, working with leading conductors like Andris Nelsons, Robin Ticciati and Vladimir Jurowski.

Apart from his tremendous expertise on the violin, there are things that make the musician, who was born in Hamburg in 1966 and now lives in Berlin with his family, unique. He takes the musical text literally, he understands music as language, and he sees great works as narratives which reflect existential experiences. What sounds so obvious is an unusual approach in the everyday concert routine.

Christian Tetzlaff tries to follow the musical text as closely as possible often making well-known works appear in new clarity and richness. As a violinist he tries to disappear behind the work – and that paradoxically makes his interpretations extremely personal.

Essential to this approach are the courage to take risks, technical brilliance, openness and alertness to life. His teacher at the Lübeck University of Music was Uwe-Martin Haiberg, for whom musical interpretation is the key to violin technique – not the other way around. Christian Tetzlaff founded his own string quartet in 1994, and chamber music is still as important to him as his work as a soloist with and without orchestra. The Tetzlaff Quartet has received such awards as the “Diapason d’or”, and the trio with his sister Tanja Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt was nominated for a Grammy. Tetzlaff has also received numerous awards for his solo CD recordings. In September 2017, his recent solo recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas was released. He plays a violin made by the German violin maker Peter Greiner and teaches regularly at the Kronberg Academy.

In the 2017/2018 season Tetzlaff can be experienced on four continents, among others with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Israel Philharmonic, London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestra and Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich under the baton of conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Paavo Järvi, Manfred Honeck and Robin Ticciati.

With the Tetzlaff Quartet, in trio with Tanja Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt or solo performances, he will be in New York, London, in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin.