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Breaking News:  Violinist Christian Tetzlaff to replace Julia Fischer

January 2, 2013


January 2, 2013
Contact: Marna Seltzer
Phone:  609-258-4237

Artist bios, music, photos and interviews available upon request.


PRINCETON, NJ -- Violinist Julia Fischer, originally scheduled to appear on the Princeton University Concerts Series on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 7:30PM, has had to cancel her appearance for family reasons. She will be replaced by the German virtuoso violinist Christian Tetzlaff who will play a solo program of works by Bach, Ysaÿe, Bartók and Kurtág.  The date and time will remain the same.  Current ticketholders with questions should call the Concert Office for information at 609-258-2800.

Marna Seltzer, Director of the Princeton University Concerts Series says, "We were disappointed that Julia Fischer cancelled her two scheduled U.S. recitals this season (the other was at Carnegie Hall), especially given the success of her Princeton University Concerts debut on our series last season.  We thought long and hard about whether to replace her. One thing was clear.  Under this circumstance, there would only be one reason for us to provide a substitute for this off-series event, and that would be if we were lucky enough to find a musician whose excellence, musicianship and mastery is so special that any disappointment would be erased.  That person is absolutely Christian Tetzlaff.  That he happened to have this date free, in an otherwise packed schedule, between a recital at London's Wigmore Hall and appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the New York Philharmonic is amazing.  That he agreed to fit in a recital in Princeton is miraculous.  Christian Tetzlaff is exactly the kind of musician that fits the spirit and mission of Princeton University Concerts.  And, Richardson Auditorium, is the ideal venue to hear a solo violinist with Christian's exceptional abilities. I can think of no better solution and I know that our audience will agree."

EUGÈNE YSAŸE Sonata for Solo Violin in G Minor, Op. 27, No. 1
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Sonata for Violin Solo No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005
GYÖRGY KURTÁG from "Signs, Games and Messages"
BÉLA BARTÓK Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin

"Since the time of Paganini, violin virtuosos have tried to overwhelm audiences with feats of agility.  Tetzlaff is after something different," according to The New Yorker, who profiled Tetzlaff this past August 2012.  "A character actor in a field of matinée idols, he prefers to disappear into the sound world he creates onstage.  "You become the thing," Tetzlaff says.  "Or that's the hope." 
Again, according to the The New Yorker, "Tetzlaff is distinguished by his deep musical empathy--his ability to open a window onto a composer's inner life."  He has been doing this for over 20 years, these days playing more than a hundred concerts a year.  One focus of the 2012/13 season consists of 10 concerts in London: at the Proms, with the London Philharmonic and Osmo Vänskä, London Symphony with Daniel Harding as well as a residency at the Wigmore Hall. Christian Tetzlaff is also Artist-in-Residence with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich where he opened the season in August 2012 with Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto under David Zinman. He will also be present there under Christoph von Dohnanyi, with a chamber music project, a duo recital with Leif Ove Andsnes and with his string quartet.
In addition, Christian Tetzlaff makes return visits to orchestras such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BR Symphony Orchestra Munich, Berlin Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Montreal Symphony, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. At the end of the season he will appear with the Berlin Philharmonic in their famed open-air arena "Waldbühne" under Sir Simon Rattle.
In recital Christian Tetzlaff appears in several major cities with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. In spring 2013 he embarks on an extensive tour with his string quartet with concerts in Oslo, Cologne, London, Zürich, Freiburg, Berlin and Paris. At the Konzerthaus, Vienna and the Wigmore Hall, London he can be heard in a program of solo Bach.
Tetzlaff's discography for Virgin Classics and other labels includes the major concerto repertoire, Bartók Sonatas with Leif Ove Andsnes, and the three Brahms Violin Sonatas with Lars Vogt. Christian Tetzlaff has received several awards for his recordings: the Diapason d'Or twice, the Edison Award, the Midem Classical Award as well as the ECHO Klassik Award and several nominations for the Grammy.



WHEN:          Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 7:30PM

WHERE:        Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

TICKETS:        $40, $30, $20 General;  $5 Students
By Phone:  609-258-9220
In Person:
University Ticketing in the Frist Campus Center (open Monday-Friday, 12-6pm)
Richardson Auditorium Box Office (open two hours prior to the performances)

PICTURES:        Please visit the "For Press" section of Princeton University Concerts
             website to download pictures of Christian Tetzlaff,

NOTES:    Program Notes are available by contacting Princeton University Concerts at (609) 258-2800

For all questions, contact the Concert Office at (609) 258-2800.

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