Violinist Christian Tetzlaff has appeared with the world’s leading orchestras, collaborating with conductors including Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Barbara Hannigan, Christoph von Dohnányi, Vladimir Jurowski, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Michael Tilson Thomas. He regularly appears with the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Toronto, among others, and with major European ensembles including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Dresden Staatskappelle, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw orchestras.
Tetzlaff has served as artist-in-residence with the Berlin Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Dresden Philharmonic, and at Carnegie Hall. In the 2021–22 season he is artist-in-residence at London's Wigmore Hall, and his residency with the London Symphony, originally slated for 2020–21, has been rescheduled for 2022–23.
His 2021–22 season engagements include The Cleveland Orchestra; San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Montreal symphony orchestras; and London Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie, and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. In the autumn of 2021 he toured with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Christoph Eschenbach.
Christian Tetzlaff’s recordings have received honors such as the Diapason d’or, Midem Classical Award, and Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. The Tetzlaff Quartet (with which he performs annually with violinist Elisabeth Kufferath, violist Hanna Weinmeister and his sister, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff) received a Diapason d’or and a Grammy nomination.
Born in Hamburg and now living in Berlin, Tetzlaff did not begin intensive study of the violin until his concert debut at age 14. He attributes the way he learns and performs to his teacher at the conservatory in Lübeck, Uwe-Martin Haiberg, for whom musical interpretation was the key to violin technique, not the other way around. He performs on a violin by the German violin maker Peter Greiner and teaches at the Kronberg Academy.