Caramoor warmly welcomes to the stage Pamela Frank, a music mentor and violin virtuoso with an outstanding international reputation, and the world-renowned Christian Tetzlaff, a deeply dedicated musician who understands that music is common ground for us all.
Pamela Frank is “one of the very best of our time.” – Baltimore Sun
Christian Tetzlaff is “one of the most brilliant and inquisitive artists of the new generation.” – The New York Times
Leclair Sonata in D Major, Op. 3, No. 6 Prokofiev Sonata in C Major, Op. 56 Beriot Sonata in G Minor, Op. 57, No. 1 Leclair Sonata in E Minor, Op. 3, No. 5 Bartók Duos, Sz. 98 Beriot Sonata in D Major, Op. 57, No. 3
Pamela Frank, violin
Pamela Frank has established an outstanding international reputation across an unusually varied range of performing activity. As a soloist she has performed with leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Berlin Philharmonic and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Pamela performed regularly with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, recording the complete Mozart Violin Concertos with them and David Zinman and has also recorded a Schubert album and the Beethoven sonata cycle, both with her father Claude Frank.
Pamela is a sought-after chamber musician and has performed at many international festivals including Aldeburgh, Verbier, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Tanglewood, Marlboro, and Ravinia. Aside from her devotion to works of the standard repertory, Pamela has performed and recorded a number of contemporary works. Her accomplishments were recognized in 1999 with the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize. Pamela is professor of violin at the Curtis Institute of Music and teaches and coaches annually at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Verbier Festivals. Since 2008 she has been the Artistic Director of the Evnin Rising Stars, a mentoring program for young artists at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Her newest venture is the formation of Fit as a Fiddle Inc., a collaboration with physical therapist Howard Nelson in which they use both their expertise for injury prevention and treatment of musicians.
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
An artist known for his musical integrity, technical assurance and intelligent, compelling interpretations, Christian Tetzlaff is internationally recognized as one of the most important violinists performing today.
From the outset of his career, Mr. Tetzlaff has performed and recorded a broad spectrum of the repertoire, ranging from Bach’s unaccompanied sonatas and partitas to 19th century masterworks by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Brahms; and from 20th century concertos by Bartok, Berg, and Shostakovich to world premieres of contemporary works. Also a dedicated chamber musician, he frequently collaborates with distinguished artists including Leif Ove Andsnes, Lars Vogt, and Alexander Lonquich, and is the founder of the Tetzlaff Quartet, which he formed in 1994 with violinist Elisabeth Kufferath, violist Hanna Weinmeister, and his sister, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff.
Born in Hamburg in 1966, music occupied a central place in his family and his three siblings are all professional musicians. Mr. Tetzlaff began playing the violin and piano at age six, but pursued a regular academic education while continuing his musical studies. He did not begin intensive study of the violin until making his concert debut playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto at the age of 14 and attributes the establishment of his musical outlook to his teacher at the conservatory in Lübeck, Uwe-Martin Haiberg, who placed equal stress on interpretation and technique. Mr. Tetzlaff came to the United States during the 1985-86 academic year to work with Walter Levine at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and also spent two summers at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont.
Mr. Tetzlaff has been in demand as a soloist with most of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, establishing close artistic partnerships that are renewed season after season. Mr. Tetzlaff has performed with the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Washington, DC, and Toronto, among many others in North America, as well as with the major European ensembles including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony and London Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. He also appears with the world’s most prominent summer music festivals, including Verbier, Salzburg, Tanglewood, and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival.
Highlights of Mr. Tetzlaff’s 15/16 season include re-engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, London and Israel Philharmonics, and Budapest Festival Orchestra; a tour with the Gewandhaus Orchestra with performances in Leipzig, Vienna, Paris, and London; and chamber music tours in North America and Europe with Lars Vogt and Tanja Tetzlaff and with Leif Ove Andsnes, Tabea Zimmermann, and Clemens Hagen.
Christian Tetzlaff was a 2010-11 Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist, an initiative in which musicians are invited to curate a personal concert series in Carnegie and Zankel Halls through collaborations with other musicians and ensembles. Mr. Tetzlaff’s Perspectives included an appearance with the Boston Symphony during which he played concertos by Mozart, Bartok, and the New York premiere of a new concerto by Harrison Birtwistle; a play/conduct performance with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; a performance with the Ensemble ACJW led by Sir Simon Rattle; a concert with the Tetzlaff Quartet; and a duo-recital with violinist Antje Weithaas. He also led a Professional Training Workshop for young violinists and pianists, culminating in a young artist concert.
Tetzlaff’s highly regarded recordings reflect the breadth of his musical interests and include solo works, chamber music and concertos ranging from Haydn to Bartok. His recordings include the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin for the Musical Heritage and Haenssler labels; Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Vienna Philharmonic/Pierre Boulez for Deutsche Grammophon; the Schumann and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos with Frankfurt Radio Orchestra/Paavo Järvi for Edel Classics; Jorg Widmann’s Violin Concerto, written for Mr. Tetzlaff, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding for Ondine; the two Shostakovich Violin Concertos with the Helsinki Philharmonic/John Storgaards for Ondine; and the Berg Lyric Suite and Mendelssohn Quartet Op. 13 with the Tetzlaff Quartet for the CAvi label. His most recent recording is the three Brahms piano trios with cellist Tanja Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt on the Ondine label and he records the three Brahms sonatas for violin and piano with Lars Vogt in summer 2015, also for Ondine.
Christian Tetzlaff currently performs on a violin modeled after a Guarneri del Gesu made by the German violin maker, Peter Greiner.