Nicolas Altstaedt - Violoncello
German/French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is renowned for his creativity and versatility, in his captivating performances of repertoire on both gut and modern strings.
Awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2010, he performed the Schumann concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Lucerne Festival. Since then, he has performed worldwide with orchestras such as Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and all the BBC Orchestras working with conductors Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Andrew Marcon amongst others.
As a concerto soloist, highlights in 2016/17 and 2017/18 include performances with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra on tour, the Deutsche Sinfonieorchester Berlin, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in the opening weeks of the Elbphilharmonie, NDR Hanover, MDR Leipzig, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Chamber, the
Australian Chamber Orchestra on tour in Europe and English Chamber Orchestra, amongst others. He returns to the BBC Scottish Symphony, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiano, Duisburg Philharmonic as artist-inresidence, SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Strasbourg Philharmonic and Basel Symphony Orchestra.
In 2012 he was invited by Gidon Kremer to be Artistic Director of the Lockenhaus Festival and in 2014, Adam Fischer asked him to follow in his footsteps as Artistic Director of the Haydn Philharmonie, with whom he regularly performs at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Esterhazy Festival and will tour both China and Japan in the next seasons.
In recital, Nicolas performs solo and with partners, Fazil Say and Alexander Lonquich. He will tour both Europe and the US in 2016/17 season and will visit Istanbul, London Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and New York amongst others. In Autumn 17, Nicolas will tour Australia extensively as part of a Musica Viva tour.
As a chamber musician, Nicolas regularly plays with Janine Jansen, Vilde Frang, Pekka Kuusisto, Jonathan Cohen and the Quatuor Ébène performing regularly at Festivals including Salzburg Mozart and Summer festivals, Verbier, BBC Proms, Lucerne, Gstaad, Musikfest Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Utrecht and Stavanger Nicolas premieres new music and performs with composers like Thomas Ades, Jörg Widmann, Matthias Pintscher, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Fazil Say.
He has commissioned the pianist/composer Hauschka as part of this season as Artistic Director of ‘Viva Cello’ Festival in Liestal in 2016 inspired by a film script by Frederico Fellini
To date his recordings of cello concerti by Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann and György Ligeti have been released worldwide. Future releases include a C P E Bach recording with Arcangelo & Jonathan Cohen as well as a recording of Shostakovich and Weinberg concerti with DSO Berlin on Channel Classics, Strauss’s Don Quixote and a recital disc with Fazil Say.
Nicolas was a BBC New Generation Artist 2010-2012 and a recipient of the “Borletti Buitoni Trust Fellowship” in 2009. He plays a violoncello by Giulio Cesare Gigli, Rome around 1760.
Programmes 2017/ 2018
Suite No. 1 G Major BWV 1007
Suite No. 2 d minor BWV 1008
Suite No. 3 C Major BWV 1009
Suite No. 4 E flat Major BWV 1010
Suite No. 5 c minor BWV 1011
Suite No. 6 D Major BWV 1012
Bach: Cello Suite No. 5 C minor BWV 1011
Britten: Cello Suite No. 3 Op. 87
Bach: Cello Suite No. G major
Dutilleux: Trois strophes sur le nom de SACHER
Bach: Cello Suite No. 3 C major BWV 1009
Bach: Cello Suite No. 2 D minor BWV
Bach: Cello Suite No. 4 E flat major BWV 1010
Vine: “Inner World” for Cello and tape
Bach: Cello Suite No. 6 D major BWV 1012
DUO – with Alexander Lonquich (piano)
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano F major Op. 5 No. 1
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano G minor Op. 5 No. 2
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3, Op. 69
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano n° 4 C major, Op. 102 No. 1
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano n° 5 D major, Op. 102 No. 2
DUO - with Pekka Kuusisto (violin)
Bach: Inventions for two voices/ two-part inventions
Widmann: : 24 Duos Book II for Violin and Cello
Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello A minor (Duo Sonata)
Kodaly: Duo for Violin and Cello Op. 7
DUO – with Fazil Say (piano)
Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano D minor
Say: “Dört Sehir” Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 41
Janacek: Pohàdka (fairy tale) for Cello and Piano
Shostakowitsch: Sonata for Cello and Piano D minor Op. 40
"LOST" – with Hauschka (music; prepared piano?)
Cello solo (Nicolas Altstaedt), prepared piano (Hauschka) and 8 strings
Based on Frederico Fellinis filmscript of “The journey of Giuseppe Mastornas” Nicolas Altstaedt asked the musician and composer Hauschka to write six movements for Cello, prepared piano and chamber-ensemble. It is a story about a metaphysical journey to hereafter, about the longing towards a life after death, and the wish to meet your loved ones there. A long way home …
The look back is simultaneously a warning: Live with mindfulness, here and now.