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Tetzlaff Trio Makes Its Debut:  First Piano Trio at Princeton University Concerts in Over 10 Years

February 5, 2016

Not only will the Tetzlaff Trio present the first piano trio repertoire on the Princeton University Concerts series in over ten years, but the group itself is also making a rare appearance in the United States. Comprised of soloists with busy international careers—violinist Christian Tetzlaff, his sister cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, and pianist Lars Vogt—this unique group will perform three beloved works from the Romantic era: Robert Schumann Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, Op. 80, Antonín Dvořák “Dumky” Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90 and Johannes Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 8PM in Richardson Auditorium at Alexander Hall. The Princeton Girlchoir Ensemble made up of some of the most talented local high school a capella singers will give a pre-concert performance, free to all ticketholders, at 7PM. Tickets are limited.

Christian Tetzlaff made a sensation at Princeton University Concerts three seasons ago in a solo-violin program, graciously stepping in for violinist Julia Fischer at the last minute. Having achieved superstardom as a soloist, he has further been able to distinguish himself within the crowded and entangled landscape of violin virtuosi. As The New York Times noted in a review, “his easy, incisive virtuosity was almost beside the point in an emotional journey that seesawed his violin from gritty outcries to liquid beauty.” This incredible agility has certainly extended itself to a chamber music setting. The Tetzlaff Trio’s recording of the complete Brahms Piano Trios released last year has been nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award. Their program at Princeton will also nod to another Grammy received for their 2011 album of Schumann’s Piano Trios with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.
The Princeton University Concerts Classics Series, too, has expanded this year to a trio of programming, adding a new PUC125: Performances Up Close series and a new Baby Got Bach concert in March for kids ages 3-6. Also seesawing from the “traditionally classical” to experimentation with the format of the concert-going experience, the next PUC125 concert will feature the Ébène Quartet performing a program in-the-round of French quartet music at 6PM followed by jazz transcriptions at 9PM. There is nothing quite like chamber music to melt away any rigidity in our experience of this great repertoire.


WHEN:  Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 8PM; Pre-concert event by the Princeton Girlchoir Ensemble at 7PM, free to ticketholders
WHAT: SCHUMANN Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, Op. 80; DVORAK Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90, “Dumky;” BRAHMS Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
WHERE: Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University
TICKETS: $50, 40, 25 General; $10 Students. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office.
PHOTOS: Please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024

For further information please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024

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Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk
Phone:  609-258-6024