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Jan. 15, 2001 Press Contact: Cathy Sweitzer
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Chicago Recital Debut of Christian Tetzlaff and Leif Ove Andsnes at the University of Chicago Presents

The University of Chicago Presents’ Chamber Music Series continues with the violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes on Thursday, January 17, 2002 at 8pm in Mandel Hall. This Chicago recital debut includes works by Beethoven, Schumann and Bartok. Ticket prices are $29 (student price $11, with valid ID). For further information or to purchase tickets, please call (773) 702-8068, or visit us online at

The program is as follows:

  • Beethoven Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 30
  • Schumann Sonata No. 2 in D Minor
  • Bartok Sonata No. 1




    Christian Tetzlaff has garnered international acclaim as one of the most important violinists to emerge in the last decade. The distinctive character of his artistry stems from a fusion of intelligence and passion. His probing insights and keen musical imagination illuminate both the structural and the spiritual elements of the works he performs, yielding highly individual, compelling interpretations.

    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, Brahms; from 20th century concertos by Bartok, Berg, and Stravinsky to world premieres of contemporary works. Mr. Tetzlaff has been in demand as a soloist with many of the world’s leading ensembles and conductors, establishing close artistic partnerships that are renewed season after season. His engagements include appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Academica Salzburg, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic.

    Mr. Tetzlaff plays two 1999 violins, modeled on the Guarneri del Gesu, by the young German maker Peter Greiner. He makes his home near Frankfurt with his wife and their three young children. His recordings are found on Virgin Classics label.


    The young Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes has attracted considerable interest and excitement since his international career began in the early 90s. He was born in Karmoy, Norway in 1970 and entered the Bergen Music Conservatory in Norway in 1986, where he studied under the Czech Professor Jiri Hlinka.

    By the age of 22 Andsnes had made his Berlin Philharmonic debut; the same year he received outstanding review for his performances of the Britten Piano Concerto at the BBC Promenade Concerts. He has returned to the Proms three times since then. He is now a frequent visitor to Britain as recitalist and as orchestral soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and others.

    Mr. Andsnes made his American debut in 1989 with recitals in New York and Washington, D.C. and his orchestral debut the following year with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Blossom Festival. He has since returned frequently to the major US orchestras including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York and Philadelphia. Mr. Andsnes is a staunch champion of chamber music and serves as Co-Artistic Director of the Risor Chamber Music Festival in Norway.

    Mr. Andsnes records exclusively for EMI Classics. His most recent release is a disc of Haydn Concerti with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, for which he won the 2000 Concerto of the Year Gramophone Award. In 1998, Leif Ove Andsnes was named a Gilmore Artist by the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival of Kalamazoo, Michigan.


    For more information about the Christian Tetzlaff, please visit

    For more information about Leif Ove Andsnes, please visit


    This performance will take place at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., on the University of Chicago campus. There is free parking nearby, and the venue is handicapped accessible. Persons with disabilities or who are in need of assistance should call (773) 702-8068 prior to the event. Further information on the University of Chicago Presents and this season’s performances can be found at or by sending email to

    The University of Chicago Presents receives generous support from Regents Park by The Clinton Companies

    Last modified at 01:55 PM CST on Friday, September 12, 2003.

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