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Elisabeth Kufferath, Violin and Viola

Elisabeth Kufferath is unquestionably one of the most interesting and influential string players of her generation.
Heinz Holliger

Hamburg native Elisabeth Kufferath has performed in chamber music ensembles with Lars Vogt, Isabelle van Keulen, Tabea Zimmermann, Adrian Brendel, Isabelle Faust and Gustav Rivinius. She has appeared in the Berliner Festwochen, festivals in Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, and Helsinki, “Spannungen” in Heimbach, and the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg. As a concerto soloist, she has been featured with the WDR-Sinfonieorchester in Cologne with Heinz Holliger, the Munich Chamber Orchestra with Christoph Poppen, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Oriol in Berlin, and musica assoluta in Hannover.

Elisabeth Kufferath is a founding member of the Tetzlaff String Quartet. The ensemble has concertized at the Philharmonie in Berlin, Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. The quartet’s second CD, featuring works of Mendelssohn and Berg,won a Diapason d’Or de l'année.

Formerly a concertmaster of the Bamberg Symphony, Elisabeth Kufferath has collaborated as guest concertmaster with Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg.

Contemporary music is a salient constituent of her repertoire. Elisabeth Kufferath has collaborated with composers Moritz Eggert, Helen Grime, Libby Larsen, Manfred Trojahn and Jörg Widmann. She played the German premier of Elliot Carter’s Figment IV for Viola. At the Feldkirch Festival she premiered Jan Müller Wieland’s “Himmelfahrt” for Viola Solo, which the composer dedicated to her.

Elisabeth Kufferath is grateful to her most influential teachers: Uwe-Martin Haiberg and Donald Weilerstein. Previously Professor of Violin at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, she has been Professor of Violin at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany since 2009. Both her violin and viola were crafted by Stefan-Peter Greiner.

Elisabeth Kufferath’s brilliance is manifest in the fact that she is one with her instrument. She imbues ravishing harmonies as well as dissonant reverberations with verve and binds the compositional structure with her expressively powerful virtuosity.
Jacqueline Moschkau, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

Photography: Giorgia Bertazzi


Libero, fragile

Works by Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, György Kurtág and Jan Müller-Wieland

Elisabeth Kufferath, Violin and Viola

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