Nicolas Altstaedt was unanimously awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artists Award 2010. As part of this prestigious award he will be soloist of the Vienna Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Lucerne Festival 2010.
Born in 1982 into a family of German and French descent, Nicolas Altstaedt was one of Boris Pergamenschikow's last students in Berlin, where he is continuing his studies with Eberhard Feltz.
He has performed with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, with the RSO Stuttgart, the Stuttgart and Zurich chamber orchestra, Kremerata Baltica as well as with Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne- and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, the Finnish and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra under conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington, Mario Venzago, Dennis Russell Davies, Adam Fischer and Andrey Boreyko.
He appears in concert with such artists as Gidon Kremer, Daniel Hope, Alexander Lonquich, Jörg Widmann, the Quatuor Ebène, collaborates with composers Thomas Ades, Wilhelm Killmayer, Sofia Gubaidulina and HK Gruber and is a regular guest at the festivals of Lockenhaus, Jerusalem, Ludwigsburg, Rheingau, Salzburg Summer and Salzburg Mozart Festival.
He has been awarded first prizes of the German Music Competition and Domnick Cello Competition 2005, the Adam International Cello Competition New Zealand 2006, the Marguerite-Duetschler Award - Gstaad 2008, a Borletti Buitoni Felloship 2009 and the Prize of Kulturstiftung Dortmund 2010.
His last recording of the Haydn Cello concertos as well the recording of the cello concertos of Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Gulda have been highly acclaimed. A CD with the complete works of Gabriel Pierné, Vincent d'Indy and Nadia Boulanger has just been released, another one with pieces of Schumann and Wilhelm Killmayer (world premiere recording) is going to be released in septembre 2010.
He has been granted a three-season residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York and plays a cello by Nicolas Lupot (Paris
1821) loaned to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
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