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Artist in Residence 2014/2015
Christian Tetzlaff

“A full, round tone, as if Oistrakh were standing on the podium. And every note hits home,” wrote the critic of the Tagesspiegel enthusiastically about Christian Tetzlaff’s debut with the Philharmoniker in June 1995 when the young violinist had given an impressive performance of Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto. Whenever Tetzlaff appeared with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the following years, he was the man for the violin concertos of the 20th century and New Music, such as Béla Bartók, Alban Berg, Unsuk Chin, or Jörg Widmann. For his most recent appearance at the Berlin Waldbühne in 2013, however, he showed his Romantic side and played the Violin Concerto in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn – with that unfussy, beguilingly beautiful, expressive tone that has made him world famous.

A passionate chamber musician

In the 2014/2015 season, Christian Tetzlaff has the opportunity as Artist in Residence to present the full range of his musical abilities – both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. To open his residency, he will play string quintets by Mendelssohn and Brahms with the Philharmoniker musicians Thomas Timm (violin), Máté Szücs, Naoko Shimizu (viola) and Bruno Delepelaire (cello). In a concert of the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, audiences can hear him perform Mozart: Christian Tetzlaff is the soloist in the Violin Concerto in G major K. 216 and the C major Rondo for Violin and Orchestra. With seven members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, including principal clarinetist Wenzel Fuchs and principal horn Stefan Dohr, the violinist joins forces with the ensemble to perform octets by Franz Schubert and Jörg Widmann.

A thrilling soloist

There is of course also the “supreme discipline”, a solo recital, Christian Tetzlaff alone with his instrument: With a partita and a sonata from Johann Sebastian Bach's Sei Solo à Violino senza Basso accompagnato and the Sonata for Solo Violin by Béla Bartók, he spans the period from the Baroque to Modernism. The conclusion and climax of his Residency is the performance of the Violin Concerto by Johannes Brahms with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle. The Hamburg-born violinist feels an especially strong connection with the composer Brahms. “He moves me very deeply. His music is completely real and fractured. [...] In Brahms, there are joyous outbursts, then he pulls the rug from under your feet,” he said in an interview.

Christian Tetzlaff (Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi)
Video Preview Christian Tetzlaff as soloist at the Waldbühne concert 2013

Next concerts

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Saturday

07

September
2013

Philharmonie

20:00

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Non-subscription concert

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Luba Orgonášová Soprano

Mihoko Fujimura Mezzo-Soprano

Stuart Skelton Tenor

Christian Gerhaher Baritone

Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno

Christian Schmitt Organ

Works by Witold Lutosławski, Gustav Mahler and Leoš Janáček

Sunday

08

September
2013

Philharmonie

20:00

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Serie: H

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Luba Orgonášová Soprano

Mihoko Fujimura Mezzo-Soprano

Stuart Skelton Tenor

Christian Gerhaher Baritone

Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno

Christian Schmitt Organ

Works by Witold Lutosławski, Gustav Mahler and Leoš Janáček

Thursday

17

October
2013

Philharmonie

19:00

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Serie: D

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Camilla Tilling Soprano

Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias)

Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist)

Eric Owens Baritone (Arias)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Jesus)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey Chorus Master

Boys of the Staats- and Domchor Berlin

Kai-Uwe Jirka Chorus Master

Peter Sellars Staging

Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion

Friday

18

October
2013

Philharmonie

19:00

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Non-subscription concert

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Camilla Tilling Soprano

Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias)

Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist)

Eric Owens Baritone (Arias)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Jesus)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey Chorus Master

Boys of the Staats- and Domchor Berlin

Kai-Uwe Jirka Chorus Master

Peter Sellars Staging

Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion

Saturday

19

October
2013

Philharmonie

19:00

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Serie: N

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Camilla Tilling Soprano

Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias)

Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist)

Eric Owens Baritone (Arias)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Jesus)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey Chorus Master

Boys of the Staats- and Domchor Berlin

Kai-Uwe Jirka Chorus Master

Peter Sellars Staging

Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion

Friday

15

November
2013

Hermann-Wolff-Saal

19:00

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Chamber Music

Lecture and Talk

Christian Gerhaher

Sunday

17

November
2013

Kammermusiksaal

20:00

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Chamber Music | Serie: O - Artist in Residence

Christian Gerhaher Baritone and Recitation

Gerold Huber Piano

Franz Schubert Die schöne Müllerin

Tuesday

19

November
2013

Kammermusiksaal

20:00

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Chamber Music | Serie: O - Artist in Residence

Christian Gerhaher Baritone

Gerold Huber Piano

Franz Schubert Winterreise

Saturday

14

December
2013

Philharmonie

20:00

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Serie: E

Berliner Philharmoniker

Daniel Harding Conductor

Dorothea Röschmann Soprano (Gretchen, Una Poenitentium)

Anna Prohaska (replacing Martina Janková) Soprano (Care, Angel, Soprano solos)

Andrew Staples (replacing Werner Güra) Tenor (Ariel, Pater Exstaticus, Tenor solos)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Faust, Pater Seraphicus, Dr. Marianus)

Luca Pisaroni Bass-Baritone (Mephistopheles)

Franz-Josef Selig Bass-Baritone (Pater profundus, Bass solos)

Elisabeth von Magnus Mezzo-Soprano (Need, Mulier Samaritana, Mezzo-Soprano solos)

Wiebke Lehmkuhl Contralto (Guilt, Mater Gloriosa, Maria Aegyptiaca, Contralto solos)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Robin Gritton Chorus Master

Boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin

Kai-Uwe Jirka Chorus Master

Robert Schumann Scenes from Goethe's Faust

Sunday

15

December
2013

Philharmonie

20:00

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Serie: I

Berliner Philharmoniker

Daniel Harding Conductor

Dorothea Röschmann Soprano (Gretchen, Una Poenitentium)

Anna Prohaska (replacing Martina Janková) Soprano (Care, Angel, Soprano solos)

Andrew Staples (replacing Werner Güra) Tenor (Ariel, Pater Exstaticus, Tenor solos)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Faust, Pater Seraphicus, Dr. Marianus)

Luca Pisaroni Bass-Baritone (Mephistopheles)

Franz-Josef Selig Bass-Baritone (Pater profundus, Bass solos)

Elisabeth von Magnus Mezzo-Soprano (Need, Mulier Samaritana, Mezzo-Soprano solos)

Wiebke Lehmkuhl Contralto (Guilt, Mater Gloriosa, Maria Aegyptiaca, Contralto solos)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Robin Gritton Chorus Master

Boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin

Kai-Uwe Jirka Chorus Master

Robert Schumann Scenes from Goethe's Faust

Monday

16

December
2013

Philharmonie

20:00

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Serie: M

Berliner Philharmoniker

Daniel Harding Conductor

Dorothea Röschmann Soprano (Gretchen, Una Poenitentium)

Anna Prohaska (replacing Martina Janková) Soprano (Care, Angel, Soprano solos)

Andrew Staples (replacing Werner Güra) Tenor (Ariel, Pater Exstaticus, Tenor solos)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Faust, Pater Seraphicus, Dr. Marianus)

Luca Pisaroni Bass-Baritone (Mephistopheles)

Franz-Josef Selig Bass-Baritone (Pater profundus, Bass solos)

Elisabeth von Magnus Mezzo-Soprano (Need, Mulier Samaritana, Mezzo-Soprano solos)

Wiebke Lehmkuhl Contralto (Guilt, Mater Gloriosa, Maria Aegyptiaca, Contralto solos)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Robin Gritton Chorus Master

Boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin

Kai-Uwe Jirka Chorus Master

Robert Schumann Scenes from Goethe's Faust

Sunday

09

February
2014

Kammermusiksaal

20:00

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Chamber Music | Serie: O - Artist in Residence

Christian Gerhaher Baritone

Wolfram Brandl Violin

Christophe Horak Violin

Micha Afkham Viola

Bruno Delepelaire Cello

Peter Riegelbauer Double Bass

Gerold Huber Piano

Works by Othmar Schoeck, Frank Michael Beyer and Gabriel Fauré

Thursday

27

February
2014

Philharmonie

20:00

Sir Simon Rattle
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Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Camilla Tilling Soprano

Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias)

Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist)

Roderick Williams Baritone (Jesus)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Pilatus, Petrus)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey Chorus Master

Peter Sellars Staging

Johann Sebastian Bach St John Passion

Friday

28

February
2014

Philharmonie

20:00

Sir Simon Rattle
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Serie: B

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Camilla Tilling Soprano

Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias)

Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist)

Roderick Williams Baritone (Jesus)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Pilatus, Petrus)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey Chorus Master

Peter Sellars Staging

Johann Sebastian Bach St John Passion

Saturday

01

March
2014

Philharmonie

20:00

Sir Simon Rattle
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Non-subscription concert

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Camilla Tilling Soprano

Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias)

Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist)

Roderick Williams Baritone (Jesus)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Pilatus, Petrus)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey Chorus Master

Peter Sellars Staging

Johann Sebastian Bach St John Passion

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 6 p.m.

Baden-Baden, Festspielhaus

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 6 p.m.

Baden-Baden, Festspielhaus

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

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