Acclaimed Violinist Christian Tetzlaff to Perform with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is used to having a rotating stable of accomplished guest musicians and conductors. In the past, they’ve performed with such esteemed members of the music world as Yo-Yo Ma, Florence Henderson, Joshua Bell, Vadim Gluzman, and more, so it should be no surprise to Indianapolis society that this distinguished Indianapolis musical organization is performing with yet another rising star in the music world, German violinist Christian Tetzlaff.

First beginning to play violin and piano at age 6, Christian Tetzlaff performed his first concert at only 14 years old; he is no stranger to the world of professional music. His talents have been used by many major orchestras throughout the world, including at many international music festivals, though he has not performed at any Indianapolis festivals at this point. He has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the Orchestre Paris, and more.

Video of Christian Tetzlaff, guest violinist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, performing Mozart’s “Strassburg” concerto


Christian Tetzlaff has also been active in the recording studio, creating an award winning rendition of all the Bach solo Sonatas and Partitas on a single record, in addition to recording other works by Brahms, Bartok, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky. His recordings have won him several distinguished classical music awards from around the world, including the Diapason d’Or, the Edison Prize, the Midem Classical Award, and he has been nominated for a Grammy several times.

Video interview with Christian Tetzlaff, guest violinist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, about his rendition of Bach’s sonatas


But Christian Tetzlaff will not be the only unfamiliar face among the musicians of the ISO; next week’s performance will also include guest conductor Gilbert Varga. In addition to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Varga has conducted the Tibor Varga Chamber Orchestra (named after his violinist father), the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and in 1997 he became the Music Director of the Basque National Symphony Orchestra, a position that lasted for ten seasons. His skills will be a welcome addition to the Indianapolis music scene, allowing the Circle City‘s music lovers to get a glimpse of one of the most acclaimed conductors working with an accomplished, award-winning guest violinst.

Video of Gilbert Varga, guest conductor with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, conducting the Belgian National Orchestra in 2005


This enlightening Indianapolis event takes place over three days at Hilbert Circle Theater, an Indianapolis performing arts venue that doubles as the home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The first performance is next Thursday, February 4, at 11 a.m., the second is at 8 p.m. on Friday, and the run concludes on Saturday, February 6 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $16 to $68, with discounts for students of Indianapolis schools. Whether you’re an avid patron of classical music or a curious music fan, be sure to head to downtown Indianapolis next week to see Christian Tetzlaff and Glibert Varga with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra!