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Christian Tetzlaff plays Bach

Violin virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff
Violin virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff
Photo: Courtesy San Francisco Symphony (with permission)

Violin virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff presents a solo concert of the complete cycle of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin on Sunday evening - part of the San Francisco Symphony’s Great Performers series.

One of the finest ambassadors of these works, Mr Tetzlaff has made two superb recordings of the cycle, praised by The New York Times for the “clarity and solidity… sharp articulation…[and] intensity of the emotional charge he draws from this music”.

Christian Tetzlaff has also performed and recorded 19th century masterworks by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Brahms, concertos of the 20th century by Bartók, Berg and Shostakovich, and world premieres of contemporary works.

He founded the Tetzlaff Quartet in 1994, was Musical America’s 2005 Instrumentalist of the Year, and was a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist in 2010-11, an initiative in which musicians are invited to curate a personal concert series in Carnegie and Zankel Halls.

Christian Tetzlaff plays Bach at Davies Symphony Hall at 7.00 pm on Sunday, May 11. For more information, visit the San Francisco Symphony website.