Nicolas Altstaedt Biography (BBC)
German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is one of the most sought after and versatile artists today.
As a soloist, conductor and artistic director, he performs repertoire spanning from early music to the contemporary.
Recent highlights, include concerto debuts with Detroit Symphony and Helsinki Philharmonic and recital debuts at BOZAR Brussels, Carnegie Hall, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris and Koerner Hall, Toronto and a tour through Australia. In 18/19 he will be the Artist in residence at the NDR Elbphilarmonie, where he will perform with Krzysztof Urbánksi, Hannu Lintu and Christoph Eschenbach on tour. Other upcoming highlights include appearances with DSO Berlin, Orchestre National de France, Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Symphony at Suntory Hall, Il Giardino Armonico and a tour of major European venues with the SWR Orchestra and Teodor Currentzis. As a conductor, he will
appear with the SWR Stuttgart, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Zurich and Scottish Chamber Orchestras and l’Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. During the 17/18 season, Nicolas gave the highly acclaimed Finnish Premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto under the baton of the composer at the Helsinki Festival and was also the Artist in Spotlight at the Congertgebouw, Amsterdam.
Awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2010, he gave a critically praised performance of the Schumann Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Lucerne Festival. Since then, he has performed worldwide with orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Czech Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras with conductors including Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Ashkenazy,Vladimir Fedosseev, Andrew Manze, Emanuel Krivine, Lahav Shani, Robin Ticciati, Juraj Valcuha, Thomas Dausgaard, René Jacobs, Giovanni Antonini and Andrea Marcon amongst others. In 2012, Nicolas was chosen by Gidon Kremer to succeed him as the new artistic director of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival and in 2014 by Adam Fischer to become the new Artistic Director of the Haydn Philharmonie whom he regularly performs with at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Esterházy Festival and recently on tour in both China and Japan. Nicolas will be Artistic Director of the Pfingstfestspiele Ittingen 2019 and 2020.
As a chamber musician, Nicolas plays with Janine Jansen, Vilde Frang, Tabea Zimmermann, Christian Tetzlaff, Andreas Ottensamer, Pekka Kuusisto, Jörg Widmann, Lawrence Power, Antoine Tamestit, Fazil Say, Alexander Lonquich, Jonathen Cohen and the Quatuor Ébène performing at Salzburg Mozart and Summer Festival, Verbier, Utrecht, BBC Proms, Lucerne, Gstaad, Musikfest Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein and Rheingau.Nicolas’ recording of CPE Bach Concertos on Hyperion with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen received the BBC Music Magazine Concerto Award 2017.
His latest recording – Four Cities – a recital programme of works by Say, Debussy, Shostakovich and Janáček with Fazil Say was released on Warner Classics to great acclaim and received the Edison Klassiek 2017.
Nicolas will receive the Edison Klassiek 2018. Nicolas was a BBC New Generation Artist 2010-2012 anda recipient of the Borletti Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2009.
Nicolas plays a cello from Francesco Rugeri, Cremona 1675.
Nicolas Altstaedt Biography (Wikipedia)
Nicolas Altstaedt (born 1982, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany) is a German/French classical cellist.
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