Tetzlaff Bio


Praised by The New York Times for its “dramatic, energetic playing of clean intensity”, the Tetzlaff Quartet is one of today’s leading string quartets. Formed in 1994, Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Hanna Weinmeister and Elisabeth Kufferath take time off from their successful individual careers to tour several times each season performing concerts that regularly receive great critical acclaim.

Highlights of the quartet’s 2017/18 season include their fourth North American tour with performances on the West Coast at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, CAL Performances at UC Berkeley and the Green Music Center in Sonoma; the chamber music societies of Cleveland and Cincinnati; Spivey Hall in Atlanta and Shriver Hall in Baltimore; and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.  In Europe, the quartet appears in London, Cologne, Hamburg and Hannover among a number of other cities.  Additional recent European engagements include performances at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Paris’ Auditorium du Louvre, Brussels’ BOZAR, Vienna’s Musikverein, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The quartet’s first recording of music by Schönberg and Sibelius was released by CAvi-music in 2010.  Subsequent recordings include Berg’s Lyric Suite and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No.2 in 2014 and their most recent CD of Schubert and Haydn quartets, released in 2017, both on the Ondine label.

Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Described as “one of the most brilliant and inquisitive artists of the new generation” (The New York Times), Christian Tetzlaff is a regular guest with the world's leading orchestras and festivals. He also enjoys collaborations with the most distinguished chamber musicians, including recital partners Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt. He plays a Peter Greiner violin.

Elisabeth Kufferath, violin

Elisabeth Kufferath is a frequent guest at international music festivals including Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Ravinia and Aspen. Her regular chamber music partners include Lars Vogt, Antje Weithaas, Isabelle Faust and Jens Peter Maintz. Ms. Kufferath is currently Professor of Violin at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover and plays a Peter Greiner violin.

Hanna Weinmeister, viola

Currently First Concertmaster at Opernhaus Zürich, Hanna Weinmesiter has collaborated with Leonidas Kavakos, Heinz Holliger, Gidon Kremer and Benjamin Schmid, among others. She plays a Peter Greiner viola.

Tanja Tetzlaff, cello

Tanja Tetzlaff has appeared with many of Europe’s major international orchestras under conductors such as Daniel Harding, Lorin Maazel and Paavo Jarvi. She is especially dedicated to chamber music and regularly plays with Lars Vogt, Martin Fröst and Carolin Widmann. She plays a violoncello of Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini from 1776.

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