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Born in London in 1971, Thomas Adès studied piano and
composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and read
music at King's College, Cambridge. Renowned as both a
composer and a performer he works regularly with the world's
leading opera companies and festivals.
Recent conducting engagements include a tour with the Britten
Sinfonia, concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the
Gulbenkian Orchestra as part of his Gulbenkian Foundation
Residency, the London Symphony and Sao Paulo State Symphony
Orchestras, his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the
Los Angeles Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony
Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra,
the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC, Finnish and
Danish Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Birmingham Contemporary Music
Group (whose Music Director he was between 1998 and 2000), the
London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern and the Athelas Ensemble.
He recently conducted productions of The Rake's Progress at the
Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Zurich Opera. His most
recent piano engagements include a recital at Carnegie Hall with
Ian Bostridge, and an appearance with Alan Gilbert and the New York
Philharmonic. In 2010 he undertook a piano recital tour that
included Carnegie Hall, and London's Barbican Centre featured the
premiere of his new piano work Concert Paraphrase from Powder Her
Face. 2010/11 saw Adès return to Australia as an artist in
residence at the Melbourne Festival. Future plans include
concerts with the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, Barry's "The
Importance of Being Earnest" with the Birmingham Contemporary Music
Group, and a piano recital at the Festival de Saint Denis.
Between 1993 and 1995 he was Composer in Association with the
Hallé Orchestra, which resulted in The Origin of the Harp (1994)
and These Premises Are Alarmed for the opening of the Bridgewater
Hall in 1996. Asyla (1997) was a Feeney Trust commission for Sir
Simon Rattle and the CBSO who performed it at Symphony Hall in
August 1998 in Rattle's last concert as Music Director. From
1999-2008 he was Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival.
Adès' first opera, Powder Her Face (commissioned by Almeida
Opera for the Cheltenham Festival in 1995), has been performed all
around the world, was televised by Channel Four, and is available
on a DVD as well as an EMI CD. Most of the composer's music has
been recorded by EMI, with whom Adès has a contract as composer,
pianist and conductor. Adès' second opera, The Tempest, was
commissioned by the Royal Opera House and was premiered under the
baton of the composer to great critical acclaim in February 2004.
It was revived at Covent Garden in 2007 - again with the composer
conducting and to a sold-out house - and has also been performed in
Copenhagen, Strasbourg and Santa Fe. Recently released to
outstanding reviews, The Tempest is also available on an EMI CD and
in France, the disc was recently awarded the prestigious Diapason
d'Or de l'année and the 2010 Classical Brit Award for Composer of
the Year. In September 2005 his violin concerto, Concentric Paths,
written for Anthony Marwood, was premiered at the Berliner
Festspiele and the BBC Proms, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
under his baton. His second orchestral work for Simon Rattle,
Tevot, (2007) was commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker and
Appointed to the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer Chair at
Carnegie Hall for 2007/8, he was featured as composer, conductor
and pianist throughout that season. Adès' most recent works
include a 'Piano concerto with moving image' entitled In Seven
Days, a collaboration with video artist Tal Rosner, commissioned by
the Los Angeles Philharmonic and London's Southbank Centre and
Lieux Retrouvés, a work for 'cello and piano written for Steven
Isserlis and commissioned by Aldeburgh Festival and Wigmore
Adès' music has attracted numerous awards and prizes, including
the prestigious Grawemeyer Award (in 2000, for Asyla), of which he
is the youngest ever recipient.
Thomas Adès, conductor
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An artist known for his musical integrity, technical assurance
and intelligent, compelling interpretations, Christian Tetzlaff is
internationally recognized as one of the most important violinists
From the outset of his career, Mr. Tetzlaff has performed and
recorded a broad spectrum of the repertoire, ranging from Bach's
unaccompanied sonatas and partitas to 19th century masterworks by
Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Brahms; and from 20th century concertos
by Bartok, Berg and Shostakovich to world premieres of contemporary
works. Also a dedicated chamber musician, he frequently
collaborates with distinguished artists including Leif Ove Andsnes,
Lars Vogt and Alexander Lonquich and is the founder of the Tetzlaff
Quartet, which he formed in 1994 with violinist Elisabeth
Kufferath, violist Hanna Weinmeister and his sister, cellist Tanja
Born in Hamburg in 1966, music occupied a central place in his
family and his three siblings are all professional musicians. Mr.
Tetzlaff began playing the violin and piano at age six, but pursued
a regular academic education while continuing his musical studies.
He did not begin intensive study of the violin until making his
concert debut playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto at the age of
14 and attributes the establishment of his musical outlook to his
teacher at the conservatory in Lübeck, Uwe-Martin Haiberg, who
placed equal stress on interpretation and technique. Mr. Tetzlaff
came to the United States during the 1985-86 academic year to work
with Walter Levine at the University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music and also spent two summers at the
Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont.
Mr. Tetzlaff has been in demand as a soloist with most of the
world's leading orchestras and conductors, establishing close
artistic partnerships that are renewed season after season. Mr.
Tetzlaff has performed with the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland,
Boston, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St.
Louis, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC and Toronto, among many others in
North America, as well as with the major European ensembles
including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony and London
Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna
Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw
Orchestra in Amsterdam.
Highlights of Mr. Tetzlaff's 14/15 season in North America
include performances with the Boston Symphony, both in Boston and
in Carnegie Hall, as well as re-engagements with the Cleveland
Orchestra, Montreal, Seattle and Pittsburgh symphonies; appearances
at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival and Chicago's Grant Park
Music Festival; opening New York's 92nd St. Y's 14/15 season with a
performance of the complete Bach unaccompanied Sonatas and
Partitas; and duo-recitals with Lars Vogt in Santa Fe, Berkeley, La
Jolla and Santa Barbara.
Internationally, Mr. Tetzlaff will be the Artist-in-Residence
with the Berlin Philharmonic, appears with the Munich Philharmonic,
London Symphony and the Vienna Symphony, and is the featured
soloist on tours with the Swedish Radio Orchestra in Europe and the
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in Asia.
Christian Tetzlaff was a 2010-11 Carnegie
Hall Perspectives artist, an initiative in which
musicians are invited to curate a personal concert series in
Carnegie and Zankel Halls through collaborations with other
musicians and ensembles. Mr.
Tetzlaff's Perspectives included an appearance
with the Boston Symphony during which he played concertos by
Mozart, Bartok and the New York premiere of a new concerto by
Harrison Birtwistle; a play/conduct performance with the Orchestra
of St. Luke's; a performance with the Ensemble ACJW led by Sir
Simon Rattle; a concert with the Tetzlaff Quartet; and a
duo-recital with violinist Antje Weithaas. He also led a
Professional Training Workshop for young violinists and pianists,
culminating in a young artist concert.
Tetzlaff's highly regarded recordings reflect the breadth of his
musical interests and include solo works, chamber music and
concertos ranging from Haydn to Bartok. His recent recordings
include the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin for
the Musical Heritage and Haenssler labels; Szymanowski's Violin
Concerto No. 1 with the Vienna Philharmonic/Pierre Boulez for
Deutsche Grammophon; the Schumann and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos
with Frankfurt Radio Orchestra/Paavo Järvi for Edel Classics; Jorg
Widmann's Violin Concerto, written for Mr. Tetzlaff, with the
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding for Ondine; the two
Shostakovich Violin Concertos with the Helsinki Philharmonic/John
Storgaards for Ondine; and the Berg Lyric Suite and Mendelssohn
Quartet Op. 13 with the Tetzlaff Quartet for the CAvi label. The
three Brahms piano trios, with cellist Tanja Tetzlaff and pianist
Lars Vogt, will be released in the spring of 2015, also on the
Christian Tetzlaff currently performs on a violin modeled after
a Guarneri del Gesu made by the German violin maker, Peter Greiner.
In honor of his artistic achievements, Musical America named Mr.
Tetzlaff "Instrumentalist of the Year" in 2005.
Christian Tetzlaff, violin