Biography

Tanja Tetzlaff’s special trademark is her broad repertoire and her desire for crossover formats. She plays all the standard works of cello literature as well as compositions from the 20th and 21st centuries, including concertos by John Casken, Witold Lutosławski, Jörg Widman and Bernd Alois Zimmermann. Tanja Tetzlaff is particularly interested in going beyond classical music performances, including other art forms and dealing with current events.

In May 2019, she celebrated great success with Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. The current season includes invitations to the Heidelberger Frühling, Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Molyvos Festival and as every year, to the festivals in Heimbach and Rottweil. Musical partners include Lauma Skride, the Modigliani Quartet, Signum Saxophone and Gerhard Quartets. With violinist Florian Donderer she will be on a duo tour. Tanja Tetzlaff is invited to the Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg with Ernst Bloch’s “Schelomo”; she will play Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and undertake an extensive Asian tour with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. She also gives master classes in Chile at the Teatro del Lago.

Experiencing the versatile chamber musician Tanja Tetzlaff as a confident soloist is a pleasure (…). Her playing touches and transports us into a better world. Eckhart Britsch, Mannheimer Morgen, 19.09.2019

Throughout her career, Tanja Tetzlaff has performed with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Orchestre de Paris, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and in Japan with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with renowned conductors including Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Heinz Holliger, Paavo Järvi, Sir Roger Norrington and Robin Ticciati.

Tanja Tetzlaff is a much sought-after chamber musician and performs regularly at international festivals such as Edinburgh, Bergen, Baden-Baden and Schwetzingen, where she was “Artist in Residence” in May 2019. Chamber music partners include Leif Ove Andsnes, Sharon Kam, Alexander Lonquich, Julian Prégardien, Baiba Skride, Antje Weithaas, Carolin Widmann and Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen. Tanja Tetzlaff is a founding member of the Tetzlaff Quartett consisting of Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Kufferath, Hanna Weinmeister and herself. The quartet has graced concert stages worldwide since 1994. This season they will perform in Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Ljubljana and London. Together with Lars Vogt and Christian Tetzlaff, she forms a permanent piano trio.

The Labels CAvi, Ars, NEOS and Ondine have released her recordings, including concertos by Wolfgang Rihm and Ernst Toch. With Gunilla Süssmann, she has recorded three CDs with works by Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Grieg and Rautavaara. In October 2019, a solo CD with Bach suites and works by Thorsten Encke was released. The Beethoven Quartets with the Tetzlaff Quartett and the piano quintet by Suk are scheduled for release in spring 2020.

Tanja Tetzlaff studied at the Musikhochschule Hamburg with Professor Bernhard Gmelin and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Professor Heinrich Schiff. She plays a cello by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini from 1776.