CelloTanja Tetzlaff
© Giorgia BertazziArtist

"Sie steckt mit ihrer Kunst, ihrem Charisma und ihrer zuverlässigen Technik manch andere Kollegen in die Tasche."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
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Cellist Tanja Tetzlaff performs an extensive repertoire, including the staple solo and chamber music literature, and important compositions of the 20th and 21th centuries. A recording of cello concertos by Wolfgang Rihm and Ernst Toch was released by NEOS.

Tanja has played with leading orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Spanish National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Paris and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and collaborated with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dimtri Kitajenko, Paavo Järvi, Michael Gielen and Heinz Holliger.


The past season saw solo performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre Nationale des Pays de la Loire, the Tokyo Metropolitain Orchestra and the NHK Orchestra Tokyo. The 2017/18 season includes concerts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim and the Philharmonisches Orchester Landestheater Coburg. Furthermore she will be “Artist in Residence“ at the SWR Schwetzinger Festspiele in spring 2018.

Chamber music also plays a significant part in Tanja’s career, with regular appearances alongside Lars Vogt, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Antje Weithaas, Florian Donderer, Baiba and Lauma Skride, and her brother, Christian Tetzlaff, including at the festivals in Heidelberg, Heimbach, Bergen and Edinburgh.

In the chamber music field she goes on tour again with Lars Vogt and Christian Tetzlaff, with concerts in Wiesbaden (Rheingau Musik Festival), Bozen, Meran, Berlin (Pierre Boulez Saal), London (Wigmore Hall) and Frankfurt.

In 1994 Tanja founded the Tetzlaff Quartett, with Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Kufferath and Hanna Weinmeister. This season the quartet goes on tour throughout the US with concerts in

San Francisco, Cleveland, Cincinnati, New York and Atlanta. Furthermore the four musicians will be performing at the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, KunstFestSpiele Hannover as well as in Hamburg, Cologne and London.

She and duo partner pianist Gunilla Süssmann recently recorded two albums released by CAvi-music, featuring the Brahms cello sonatas and works for cello and piano by Sibelius, Grieg and Rachmaninov. Their third album will be released in spring 2018 including works by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.

Tanja studied with Bernhard Gmelin in Hamburg and Heinrich Schiff at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and plays a cello by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini from 1776.

SEASON 2017/2018


“It was refreshing to hear Tanja Tetzlaff and Paavo Järvi give a moving and insightful account of the work [Schumann cello concerto] without resorting to unnecessary modification or embellishment. […] The pace of the outer movements was brisk and lively, and the soloist was eloquent and expressive. […] the soloist was goose pimple-inducing in her evocative treatment of the heavenly, beautiful melody.”

Bachtrack, Alan Yu, 03.07.2017

“The players make declarations, pose questions, give answers, thrust and parry, chase each other, proceed in lockstep; there are moments of tender lyricism and of furious aggression – I’ve never seen string players subject their instruments to such apparently extreme maltreatment - but the Tetzlaffs encompassed it all with wit and impeccable virtuosity. This was a heroic performance.”

Independent, Michael Church, 05.01.2016

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RautavaaraTogether with Gunilla Süssmann, Tanja Tetzlaff plays works for cello & piano by Einojuhani Rautavaara.Feb. 2018, Ondine, CD
Beethoven TripelTriple Concerto, Piano Concerto No.3 Royal Northern SinfoniaSep. 2017, Ondine ODE 1297-2, CD, Available on: AmazonApple Music
Schubert HaydnSCHUBERT | HAYDNMar. 2017, Ondine, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Mahler Symphony No 4 (Erwin Stein Edition)Festival Ensemble Spannungen Mahler Record Prize 2015Jun. 2015, CAvi-music, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Brahms The Piano TriosMay. 2015, Ondine, CD, Available on: iTunes AmazonSpotify
Mendelssohn BergMENDELSSOHN · Streichquartett Nr. 2 a-Moll, BERG · Lyrische SuiteOct. 2014, CAvi, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Brahms Cello SonatasCello Sonatas by Tanja Tetzlaff & Gunilla SuessmanNov. 2012, CAvi, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Wolfgang Rihm & Ernst TochOne movement concertosAug. 2011, NEOS, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Schumann: Complete Works For Piano TrioComplete Works For Piano TrioApr. 2011, EMI, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Sibelius & Schönberg: String QuartetsString Quartets by Sibelius and SchönbergOct. 2010, Cavi, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Malinconia: Sibelius, Grieg & RachmaninowTanja Tetzlaff plays with Gunilla Suessmann works for cello and pianoJun. 2007, Cavi, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon