Nicolas Altstaedt

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Nicolas Altstaedt

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“The compelling French-German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt gave a performance of this compact 10-minute piece that thoroughly conveyed its audacious, even radical elements.

This was his Ne w York recital debut. It’s about time.”Anthony Tommasini, NY Times 22/ 02/16
Renowned worldwide for his musical integrity and effortless virtuosity,German-French cellist Nicola s Altstaedt is one of the most sought after and versatile artists today. As a soloist and conductor, he enthralls audiences with repertoire spanning from the baroque to the contemporary.

At the beginning at the 17/18 season he is going to perform the Finnish Premiere of Esa -Pekka Salonen’s new cello concerto under the bat on of the composer at the Helsinki Festival, and returning to the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with Santtu-Matias Rouvali for the Dutch premiere. He will be Artist in Spotlight at the Concertgebouw in 17/18 and Artist in Residence 18/19 at the NDR Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, where he will perform wit h Krzysztof Urbanski, Sakari Oramo and Thomas Hengelbrock on tour. Late r on, he will be touring major European venues with the SWR Orchestra with Teodor Currentzis, the BBC SSO with Thoma s Dausgaard, La C hambre Philharmonique with Emanuel Krivine and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Further engagements include debut performances at t he Detroitand Indianapoli s Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Suntory Hall, Helsinki Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin with Juraj Valcuha, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Les Violins du Roy.

Awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2010, he gave a highly acclaimed performance of the Schumann concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Lucerne Festival. Since then he has performed worldwide wit h orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolita n Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras working with conductors like Sir Roger Norrington, Andrew Manze, Lahav Shani, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Fedosseev, Leif Segerstam, Dmitri Slobodeniouk, Alexander Shelley, Fabien Gabel, Joshua Weilerstein, Gustavo Gimeno, Giovanni Antonini and Andrea Marcon amongst many others. In recital, Nicolas performs sol o and with partners Fazil Say and Alexander Lonquich. He will tour both Europe and the US and will visit Istanbul, London Wigmore Hall, Bozar, Tonhalle Zurich, Koerner Hall Toronto, Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and New York Carnegie Hall amongst others.

In Autumn 17 Nicolas will tour Australia extensively as part of a Musica Viva Recital tour with Aleksandar Madzar.

As a chamber musician, Nicolas regularly plays with Janine Jansen, Vilde Frang, Andreas Ottensamer, Pekka Kuusisto, Antoine Tamesti t, Lawrence Power, Jonathan Cohen and the Quatuor Ébène performing at Salzburg Mozart and Summer Festival, Verbier, Utrecht, BBC Proms, Luce rne, Gstaad, Musikfest Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau and Stavanger. In 2012 Nicolas was chosen by Gidon Kremer to become his successor as the new artistic director of t he Lockenha us Chamber Music Festival and in 2014, Adam Fischer asked him to follow in his footsteps as Arti stic Director of t he Haydn Philha rmonie, with whom he re gularly performs at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Esterházy Festival and will tour both China and Japan in the next season.

Nicolas premieres new music and performs with composers like Thoma s Ades, Jörg Widmann, Thomas Larcher, Matthias Pintscher, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Fazil Say. He has commissioned the pianist/composer Hauschka as part of this season as Artistic Director of “ Viva Cello” Festival in Liestal in 2016 inspired by a film script by Federico Fellini as well

composers Sebastian Fagerlund, Thomas Larcher, Bryce Dessner and Helena Winkelman for new cello concertos. Nicolas’ recent recording of CPE Bach Concertos on Hyperion with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen received the BBC Music Magazine Concerto Award 2017. This year, he released a Recital CD with Fazil Say on Warner Classics. Previous recordings of cello concerti by Haydn, Schumann, Ligeti, Shostakovich and Weinberg have been acclaimed worldwide. Nicolas Altstaedt was a BBC New Generat ion Artist 2010-2012 and a recipient of the “Borletti Buitoni Trust Fellowship” in 2009. He plays a Giulio Cesare Gigli cello, Rome around 1760.