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Oberlin Welcomes Violinist Christian Tetzlaff October 30

October 19, 2015

Erich Burnett

Christian Tetzlaff
Photo credit: Giorgia Bertazzi

Christian Tetzlaff, the German violinist who has forged a reputation as one of the finest solo players in the world, will perform in Finney Chapel at 8 p.m. Friday, October 30, as part of Oberlin's Artist Recital Series.

Known for his musical integrity, technical assurance, and intelligent, compelling interpretations, Tetzlaff finds himself in demand with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. He performs more than 100 concerts each year, including engagements with the Tetzlaff Quartett, the string ensemble he founded with his cellist sister, Tanja. Tetzlaff's Ohio roots run deep: He first ventured to America to study at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and he made his debut at age 22 with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Tetzlaff's Oberlin program will include Ysayë’s Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, Bach’s Sonata No. 3 in C, Bartók’s Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin, and pieces from Kurtág’s Signs, Games and Messages.

Tickets are $35 ($30 seniors and Oberlin alumni and staff), with $10 tickets available for all students. Purchase tickets at the door or by calling 800-371-0178, visiting, or stopping by the Hall Auditorium box office from noon-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In addition, Tetzlaff will present a pair of free master classes on campus Saturday, October 31: one at 10 a.m. for strings, and another at 2:30 p.m. for chamber music. Both will take place in Stull Recital Hall.

Tetzlaff's concert is the second date of Oberlin’s 2015-16 Artist Recital Series, which continues with performances by bass-baritone John Relyea (with pianist Warren Jones, February 3) and pianist András Schiff (February 12), and also includes Miró Quartet (March 10), Robin Eubanks and the Mass Line Big Band (March 13), and the Cleveland Orchestra (April 17). Single tickets and Pick 3 packages are available.

Learn more about Tetzlaff’s career, his visit to Oberlin, and what Schubert has in common with Freddie Mercury in’s preview of the performance.

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