Artist Portrait: Christian Tetzlaff

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff introduces his LSO Artist Portrait

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Due to the continuing restrictions caused by Covid-19, the LSO’s planned concerts at the Barbican Centre,
as well as Discovery Days and Singing Days at LSO St Luke’s, are unavoidably cancelled until 14 December. More information.



Elgar Violin Concerto, Brahms 
> CANCELLED 21 October 2020


BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: Bartók, Franck
> 23 October 2020


BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: Dvořák and Suk
> 30 October 2020

Pappano conducts Tetzlaff and Joyce DiDonato
> CANCELLED 1 November 2020


Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1, Sibelius, Zemlinsky
> CANCELLED 5 November 2020


BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: Bach, Bartók
> 6 November 2020 1pm

BBC Radio 3 Rush-Hour Concert: Jörg Widmann, Kodály
> 6 November 2020 6.30pm


‘I have been performing with the LSO for nearly 30 years; we’ve been ageing together and it’s a wonderful feeling. In this series, we will be playing three of my favourite pieces, all from the 20th century – Elgar’s Violin Concerto, Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto and Syzmanowski’s First Violin Concerto – as well as a chamber music series of BBC Radio 3 Concerts at LSO St Luke’s.

It’s simply a fantastic time to be a musician if you can play with an orchestra like the LSO, because the boundaries have disappeared. It’s about daring to really speak a language, and to throw yourself into the concert with total commitment – and that’s the experience I have with the LSO again and again. Even in a quick rehearsal you can really get to the core of things.

And for me, now, at the age of 53, and having played with the LSO a lot, it’s much more natural – we know each other, and it’s much easier to say, ‘This is what I think, this is what I feel’. You actually allow yourself to go to the edges of the piece’.

Christian Tetzlaff