Helsinki, Finland, 21 September 2011 – Ondine is pleased to announce a long-term recording collaboration with German violinist Christian Tetzlaff, internationally recognized as one of the leading soloists of his generation.
November 2011 will see the international release of the first recording, with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Paavo Järvi, of violin concertos by Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann, coupled with Schumann’s Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra.
Chamber music will be the focus of two CD releases in autumn 2012 and spring 2013, which will include violin sonatas by Mozart and Schumann and feature Christian Tetzlaff’s longtime piano chamber partner Lars Vogt.
Further recordings are being discussed with Frankfurt RSO and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
Reijo Kiilunen, Managing Director of Ondine, comments: “Christian Tetzlaff is one of the most outstanding violinists of our times and it is my great pleasure to welcome him to Ondine. I look forward to making recordings including repertoire upon which Mr Tetzlaff has built his legendary reputation. This long-term collaboration will benefit from the international Naxos Group expertise in physical and digital distribution.”
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Christian Tetzlaff – biography
Equally at home in both Classical and Romantic repertoire and 20th-century works, Christian Tetzlaff sets standards with his interpretations of the violin concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Berg, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, and Ligeti as well as his performances of Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas.
The Hamburg-born violinist is a frequent soloist with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, Orchestre de Paris, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Christian Tetzlaff was Artist in Residence with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2008/09. Between 2010 to 2013, he will be serving in a similar capacity at Carnegie Hall in New York, London’s Wigmore Hall, and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
Christian Tetzlaff has recorded the following works for various labels: the violin concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, Joseph Joachim, Lalo, Szymanowski, and Tchaikovsky, all of Sibelius’s works for violin and orchestra, as well as chamber works by Bartók, Brahms, Schoenberg, Schumann, and Sibelius, with such partners as Tanja Tetzlaff, Leif Ove Andsnes, and Lars Vogt. Christian Tetzlaff has received numerous awards for his recordings, including two Diapasons d’Or, the Edison Award, Midem Classical Award, ECHO Award, and nominations for Grammy Awards. Musical America named him “Instrumentalist of the Year” in 2005.
Christian Tetzlaff plays an instrument by the German violin maker Peter Greiner.