Tanja Tetzlaff


The cellist Tanja Tetzlaff has developed an extensive repertoire including standard works of classical Solo- and chamber music literature for cello as well as compositions of the 20th and 21th century. In 2011, a recording of cello concertos by Rihm and Toch was released by NEOS, playing the Rihm concerto she was named “the outstanding soloist”.

Tanja Tetzlaff studied with Prof. Bernhard Gmelin in Hamburg and with Prof. Heinrich Schiff at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

After having successfully participated in many international competitions, Tanja has been performing with famous orchestras, among others the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Bayerische Rundfunk and the Orchestra of Konzerthaus Berlin, the Royal Flandern orchestra and the Orquesta Nacional de Espana , the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as well as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Paris and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

She has worked with conductors like Lorin Maazel, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dimtri Kitajenko, Paavo Järvi, Michael Gielen, Heinz Holliger to name a few.

In the 2014/2015 season Tanja Tetzlaff is again touring with the Tetzlaff Quartet in Germany, Austria, Great Britain and for their first time to Far East (Korea and Japan). She will be performing the Cello Concertos of Haydn, Dvorak and Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky with various orchestras. Also in Korea and Japan she will be playing the Brahms double concerto with her brother Christian Tetzlaff, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi.

Chamber music has a significant part in Tanja´s career. She gives regular recitals in renowned concert series and festivals such as the Heidelberger Frühling and the Festivals in Bergen und Edinburgh and she is part of the regular guests at the Heimbach Festival. Her chamber music partners are some of the world´s foremost musicians e.g. Lars Vogt, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Antje Weithaas, Florian Donderer, Baiba and Lauma Skride and her brother Christian with whom she has founded the Tetzlaff Quartet. Together with Florian Donderer she organizes a concert series at the Sendesaal Bremen.

A new CD with the Tetzlaff Quartet with works of Berg and Mendelssohn will be released end of 2014 by CAvi and the Brahms trios with Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt will be published by Ondine in spring 2015.

With her duo partner, pianist Gunilla Süssmann, she is a regular guest at prominent concert series in Scandinavia and Germany. A CD with works of Sibelius, Grieg and Rachmaninov was released by CAvi-music as well as a CD with the Brahms Cello Sonatas.

Tanja Tetzlaff plays a cello by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini made in 1776.