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Tanja Tetzlaff

  • Cellist


Tanja Tetzlaff: After having successfully participated in many international competitions, Tanja Tetzlaff has been playing with prestigious orchestras as the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk München, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Camerata Salzburg, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra Perth. She has worked with conductors as Lorin Maazel, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dimtri Kitajenko and Paavo Järvi.

Chamber music takes a special place in Tanja´s musical career and she gives regular recitals with the world´s foremost musicians e.g. Lars Vogt, Alexander Lonquich, Leif Ove Andsnes, Antje Weithaas, Martin Fröst , Florian Donderer, Gunilla Süssmann and her brother Christian with whom she has founded the Tetzlaff Quartet, together with Elisabeth Kufferath und Hanna Weinmeister.
With this Quartet and also with Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt or with Baiba and Lauma Skride forming a trio, she is playing regularly in Europe and in the United States.

Along with classical Cello-concertos Tanja Tetzlaff is often to be heard with composers of the 20th Century and with works of contemporary composers. She performed the german premiere of W. Rihm’s cello-concerto and B.A. Zimmermann’s “Pas de trios” with the Konzerthaus Berlin conducted by Lothar Zagrosek.

Tanja appears frequently at summer festivals, including those in Risør, the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Schubertiade, and she belongs to the core players at Heimbach-Festival “Spannungen”. With her duo partner, pianist Gunilla Süssmann, she regularly tours through Scandinavia, Germany and Switzerland, and their first Duo CD with works by Sibelius, Grieg and Rachmaninov was released end of 2007 by CAvi-music.

Tanja Tetzlaff also has recorded Haydn’s cello-concertos with the Wiener Chamber Orchestra. A CD was released giving a musical portrayal of her as an artist with solo-pieces by Bach, Kodaly, Britten und Esa-Pekka Salonen and with Schumann’s Cello-concerto. Here she is accompanied by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie conducted by Heinz Holliger.
A CD with cello-concerts by W. Rihm “Konzert in einem Satz” (Concert in one movement) and by Ernst Toch will be released in the near future

Tanja Tetzlaff plays a cello by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini made in 1776.