Tetzlaff Quartet Performs Haydn, Mendelssohn & Schoenberg at Irvine Barclay Theatre
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One of the leading chamber groups performing today, the Echo Award-winning Scharoun Ensemble Berlin features the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra's principal string and woodwind musicians. For this concert, these profoundly talented musicians will perform pieces written by Mozart and Beethoven, putting Alexander Bader's clarinet work on display. Septet, Op. 20 is one of Beethoven's most popular works and one of the finest septets ever written. The Scharoun Ensemble will also perform Mozart's Quintet for Clarinet in Strings, one of the composer's most beautiful chamber pieces. Learn More
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The Schoenberg quartet made up the entire second half of the recital, as well it might - this gave the musicians and audience time to "settle in" with each other for this long and complex work. The piece is a real test of musicianship and the players were up to the challenge. It was impressive to witness their stamina (an encore after all this!) as well as their expert playing, and the audience responded warmly.
As for the seating, I couldn't have chosen better myself.
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Elisabeth Kufferath, violin
Hanna Weinmeister, viola
Tanja Tetzlaff, cello
Haydn: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 20, No. 3
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13
Schoenberg: Quartet No. 1
The Tetzlaff Quartet is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the world's most fascinating chamber ensembles and has received critical acclaim since its founding in 1994.
In addition to concerts in Germany, the Quartet frequently performs in France, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland. They have performed at the Louvre in Paris, Société Philharmonique of Brussels, Vienna Musikverein, and at such international festivals as the Berliner Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein, and Bremen Musikfest. This season they make their US debut with performances in at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; Zankel Hall; and Spivey Hall in Atlanta. They are currently at work on a recording of works by Schönberg and Sibelius on the AVI label.
Christian Tetzlaff's artistry stems from a musical integrity and technical assurance that enable him to realize intelligent and compelling interpretations. He is known for performances and recordings of 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 Bartók, Berg, and Shostakovich to world premieres of contemporary works.
He has appeared with the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Toronto, among many others in North America, and with the major European ensembles including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.
Highlights of Mr. Tetzlaff’s current North American season include appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati and Houston symphonies, and the Toronto Symphony, with which he will perform the North American premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Violin Concerto, “Mambo, Blues and Tarantella, ” a work written for him. He also plays all-Bach recitals in five US cities; duo recitals with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Boston, Princeton and New York; and performs with the Tetzlaff Quartet in its North American debut.
Mr. Tetzlaff's highly regarded recordings reflect the breadth of his musical interests. They include concertos ranging from Haydn to Bartók; an album of 20th-century sonatas by Janáček, Debussy, Ravel, and Nielsen with Mr. Andsnes; the complete works for violin and orchestra of Jean Sibelius with the Danish National Radio Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard, which won the prestigious Diapason d'or; a Grammy-nominated album of Bartók's Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 with Mr. Andsnes, and Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin, all on Virgin Classics; Brahms’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Lars Vogt on EMI Classics; Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Russian National Orchestra and Kent Nagano on PentaTone Classics; and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Tonhalle Orchestra and David Zinman on Arte Nova. His most recent releases are the Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin on the Musical Heritage and Haenssler labels, and the violin concertos of Brahms and Joachim with the Danish Radio Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard on Virgin Classics.
Mr. Tetzlaff makes his home near Frankfurt with his wife, a clarinetist with the Frankfurt Opera, and their three children. He currently performs on a violin modeled after a Guarneri del Gesu, made by German violinmaker Peter Greiner.
Violinist Elisabeth Kufferath studied at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Donald Weilerstein. She is laureate of the 1991 Cleveland Concerto Competition and the Vienna Modern Masters International Competition, where she won the first prize in 1996. In 2003 she was awarded the IBLA Foundatio’s Distinguished Musician’s Award. A frequent guest at international festivals including Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Ravinia, and Aspen, Ms. Kufferath has performed as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles at the Philharmonie in Berlin, Cologne Philharmonic, Vienna Musikverein, and the Louvre in Paris, as well as in Rome, Florence, Brussels, Israel, Russia, China, and Southeast Asia. Her regular chamber music partners include Isabelle Faust, Antja Weithaas, Patrick Demenga, Lars Vogt, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and the Jean Paul Piano Trio. Ms. Kufferath was concertmaster of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2004. She has been a professor of violin at the conservatory in Detmold, Germany, since 2004.
Violist Hanna Weinmeister was born in Salzburg and began her early studies there at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg. She later attended the Musikhochschules in Vienna and Lübeck. She is a laureate of numerous competitions, including the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg (1991), the Concours International Jacques Thibaud (1994), and the International Parkhouse Award in London. Ms. Weinmeister has appeared as a soloist with the Munich and Berlin philharmonics, SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Mozarteum Orchestra, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, under such conductors as Franz Welser-Möst, Eliahu Inbal, and Michael Gielen. Her chamber music appearances have included collaborations with Heinrich Schiff, Leonidas Kavakos, Heinz Holliger, Gidon Kremer, Alexander Lonquich, Alexei Lubimov, and Benjamin Schmid. Ms. Weinmeister taught at the Conservatory in Bern from 2000 to 2004, and has been concertmaster of the Zurich Opera Orchestra since 1998. She plays a Benett Stradivarius viola from 1692.
Cellist Tanja Tetzlaff was a student of Bernhard Gmelin and Heinrich Schiff at the Hamburg Conservatory the Salzburg Mozarteum, respectively. She has won several international competitions including top prize at the first Internationale Musikwettbewerb in Vienna in 1992, and the third prize at the 1994 ARD Competition. Ms. Tetzlaff has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, the US, Australia, and Japan, and regularly plays at many international festivals. She has appeared with most major German orchestras, as well as with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Radio Symphony Orchestra Moscow, Camerata Salzburg, and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Brisbane, among others, with conductors including Daniel Harding, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Paavo Järvi. Ms. Tetzlaff is especially interested in chamber music, and collaborates with such musicians as Lars Vogt, Alexander Lonquich, Martin Fröst, Leif Ove Andsnes, Florian Donderer, and Gunilla Süssmann. She plays a violoncello made in 1776 by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini.