Tetzlaff Quartett
Ensemble

“Supremely lyrical, exactingly detailed playing combined with impeccable balance and unanimity, resulting in an overwhelming performance.” (The New York Times)

Contacts

Lydia Connolly +44 (0)20 3725 9118
Janet Marsden +44 (0)20 3725 9140
Márcio Bugalho Domingues +44 (0)20 3725 9186

Biography

Praised by The New York Times for its “dramatic, energetic playing of clean intensity”, the Tetzlaff Quartett is one of today’s leading string quartets. Alongside their successful individual careers, Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff, Hanna Weinmeister and Elisabeth Kufferath have met several times each season since 1994, with their concerts garnering great acclaim. 

The 2017/18 season sees the Quartet perform in the US on a new eight-city tour, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Europe with concerts in London, Hamburg, Hannover, Cologne and at the SWR Festival in Schwetzingen. 

Praised by The New York Times for its “dramatic, energetic playing of clean intensity”, the Tetzlaff Quartett is one of today’s leading string quartets. Alongside their successful individual careers, Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff, Hanna Weinmeister and Elisabeth Kufferath have met several times each season since 1994, with their concerts garnering great acclaim. 

The 2017/18 season sees the Quartet perform in the US on a new eight-city tour, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Europe with concerts in London, Hamburg, Hannover, Cologne and at the SWR Festival in Schwetzingen. 

They are frequent guests at international festivals such as the Berliner Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Bremen Musikfest. Other recent highlights include performances at Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonie de Paris, Carnegie Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. 

The Quartet’s first recording, unusually pairing Schoenberg's String Quartet No.1 with Sibelius’ Voces intimae, was released by Cavi in 2010, while a recording of Berg’s Lyric Suite and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No.2 was released in November 2014 and was an Editor’s Choice of Gramophone Magazine.

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Contacts

Lydia Connolly +44 (0)20 3725 9118
Janet Marsden +44 (0)20 3725 9140
Márcio Bugalho Domingues +44 (0)20 3725 9186

Reviews

“The members of the quartet go as far as to say, “there is little left here that has to do with musical performance; it has more to do with screaming and whispering. The material—and the emotions too – are taken entirely to the limits.” (Primephonic, May 2017)

“Christian Tetzlaff and his colleagues offered the same sort of instrumental perfection that has characterised their earlier appearances in this venue, with unanimity of ensemble and tone, as well as musical thinking, lending immense satisfaction to all their performances.” (Dennis Rooney, The Strad, January 2014)

“Here, and in Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A minor, the Tetzlaff alternated refinement and aggression in dramatic, energetic playing of clean intensity.” (Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, April 2013)

“[It was] excellent, how the Tetzlaff Quartet combined the emotional with the structural layers of the piece. Astounding to what kind of blaze the music heightened after the inconspicuous beginning of the Fugato in the slow movement of the Mendelssohn.” (Thomas Schacher, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, March 2013)

“The members of the quartet go as far as to say, “there is little left here that has to do with musical performance; it has more to do with screaming and whispering. The material—and the emotions too – are taken entirely to the limits.” (Primephonic, May 2017)

“Christian Tetzlaff and his colleagues offered the same sort of instrumental perfection that has characterised their earlier appearances in this venue, with unanimity of ensemble and tone, as well as musical thinking, lending immense satisfaction to all their performances.” (Dennis Rooney, The Strad, January 2014)

“Here, and in Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A minor, the Tetzlaff alternated refinement and aggression in dramatic, energetic playing of clean intensity.” (Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, April 2013)

“[It was] excellent, how the Tetzlaff Quartet combined the emotional with the structural layers of the piece. Astounding to what kind of blaze the music heightened after the inconspicuous beginning of the Fugato in the slow movement of the Mendelssohn.” (Thomas Schacher, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, March 2013)

“As recordings of these works go, there is none finer, which is also true of this disc judged purely as quartet playing.” (International Records, February 2011)

“The fast movements have bite and rythmic crispness, and the players keep the long slow movement taut with emotion while never descending into mawkishness…The player’s familiarity with Schönberg’s demands springs from every bar.” (The Strad, February 2011)

“They produce a dazzling palette of sounds, roaring like a full symphony or whispering at near-inaudibility.” (The Washington Post, Nov 2008)

“...But when the "Lyric Suite" is performed as brilliantly as the Tetzlaff Quartet played it on Saturday night at Zankel Hall, the work's ardor requires no footnotes. Here supremely lyrical, exactingly detailed playing combined with impeccable balance and unanimity, resulting in an overwhelming performance” (Steve Smith, The New York Times)

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