Nicolas Altstaedt, Violoncello
Haydn's artistic messages, including daunting technical challenges, are projected across the imagined stage with such verve and detailed plasticity, in a manner so rich in consummate musical perception, more than I have ever experienced before.
(Peter Cossé reviewing Nicolas Altstaedt's recording of Haydn's cello concertos with the Kammerakademie Potsdam)
Nicolas Altstaedt was awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artists Award 2010 and gave his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Lucerne Festival 2010. He received a Borletti Buitoni Fellowship 2009 and currently is a BBC NEW GENERATION ARTIST, which includes performances and recordings with all BBC orchestras, appearances at the BBC Proms, the Wigmore Hall and various festivals. He has just been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Lockenhaus Festival, suggested by Gidon Kremer.
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 still working with Eberhard Feltz.
He recently performed with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, with the RSO Stuttgart, the Stuttgart and Zurich chamber orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, the 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, Neeme Järvi, Sir Andrew Davies, Sir Roger Norrington, Mario Venzago, Dennis Russell Davies, Adam Fischer, Jeffrey Tate, Walter Weller and Andrey Boreyko.
This season includes debut performances with the Auckland Philharmonic, the Tonkünstlerorchestra at the Musikverein Vienna, the Japan Century Orchestra in Osaka, Orchestre National de Lille and Strasbourg and tours with the Lucerne Festival String Orchestra, the German Youth Orchestra and Kammerakademie Potsdam.
He appears in concert around the globe with such artists as Gidon Kremer, Pekka Kuusisto, Barnabas Kelemen, Yuri Bashmet, Alexander Lonquich, Jörg Widmann, the Quatuor Ebène, collaborates with composers Thomas Ades, Wilhelm Killmayer, Sofia Gubaidulina and HK Gruber and has performed the Double Concerto of György Kurtag at the composers' 85th birthday concert 2011 in Budapest. Commissions by Fazil Say, Thomas Larcher and Raphael Merlin are going to be premiered this year in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam amongst others. He is a regular guest at the festivals of 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 and the Prize of the 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 and another one with pieces of Schumann and Wilhelm Killmayer (world premiere recording) has just been released.
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.
“Phenomenal performance technique and a tonal palette ofendless richness.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, April 2006)
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10 Years GENUIN classics
Ramón Ortega Quero, Oboe - cello project - Eckart Runge, Jacques Ammon - sonic.art, Saxophon quartet - Viviane Chassot, Accordion - Kit Armstrong, piano - Andrej Bielow, violin - Adrian Brendel, cello - Amaryllis Quartett - Tobias Koch, Piano - Paul Badura-Skoda, Piano - Nicolas Altstaedt, Violoncello - José Gallardo, Piano - Michael Schäfer, Piano - Toutes Suites - Camerata Musica Limburg - Dresdner Philharmonie - Michael Sanderling, Conductor
Wilhelm Killmayer & Robert Schumann
works for cello and piano
Nicolas Altstaedt, Violoncello - José Gallardo, Piano
Concerts for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 & 2
Nicolas Altstaedt, Violoncello - Michael Sanderling, Conductor - Kammerakademie Potsdam
Vuelta al Mundo - a musical journey around the world
works by A. Piazzolla, H. Villa-Lobos, M. de Falla, I. Strawinsky und S. Zinzadse
Nicolas Altstaedt, Violoncello - Elsbeth Moser, Bayan
Works for Cello and Piano by Beethoven, Webern, Bach, Ligeti and Stravinsky
Nicolas Altstaedt, Laureate/Deutscher Musikwettbewerb 2005
Nicolas Altstaedt, Violoncello - Francesco Piemontesi, Piano