Nicolas Altstaedt

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Nicolas Altstaedt

German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is one of the most sought after and versatile artists today, enthralling audiences with repertoire spanning from the baroque to the contemporary.

At the beginning at the 17/18 season he performed the highly acclaimed Finnish Premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Cello Concerto under the baton of the composer at the Helsinki Festival. He currently is Artist in Spotlight at the Concertgebouw in 17/18 and will perform at the NDR Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with Krzysztof Urbanski, Christoph Eschenbach and Hannu Lintu, where he will premiere a new concerto by Sebastian Fagerlund.
Later, he will tour major European venues with the SWR Symphony Orchestra with Teodor Currentzis, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, Orchestre National de France with Emanuel Krivine and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Further engagements include debuts with the Detroit Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Suntory Hall, Finnish Radio Symphony, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin with Juraj Valcuha, returning to the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the DSO Berlin with Robin Ticciati. As a conductor, he will appear with the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the English, Zurich and Scottish Chamber Orchestras.

Awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist in 2010, he gave a highly acclaimed performance of the Schumann concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel and has performed worldwide with major orchestras and conductors like Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Neville Marriner, Lahav Shani, Giovanni Antonini and Andrea Marcon. 2012 Nicolas was chosen by Gidon Kremer to succeed him as the new artistic director of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music 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 and Esterházy Palace.

Nicolas' recording of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Cello Concertos on Hyperion with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen received the BBC Music Magazine Concerto Award 2017 and had been described as a new reference recording of this repertoire. Last year, he released a Recital CD with Fazil Say on Warner Classics that received the Edison Klassiek Award 2017.

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