Nicolas Altstaedt


German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is one of the most sought after and versatile artists today.  As a soloist, conductor and artistic director, he performs repertoire spanning from early music to the contemporary.

2018/2019 he was „Artist in Residence“ at the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, where he performed with Krzysztof Urbánski, Hannu Lintu and Christoph Eschenbach on tour. Upcoming highlights include a tour at major European venues with the SWR Orchestra and Teodor Currentzis, where he is Artist in Residence 23019/2020 as well as with B’Rock and René Jacobs, Debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington and Ed Gardner, the NHK and Yomiuri Symphony at Suntory Hall, European Youth Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko, Orchestre National de France with Emmanuel Krivine, Il Giardino Armonico at Grafenegg Festival, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands and Radio Philharmonic with Ben Gernon and Edo de Waart at the Concertgebouw and reinvitations to the DSO Berlin with Robin Ticciati, Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore he will be „Artist in Focus“ at the Alte Oper Frankfurt in 2020.

Recent highlights include concerto debuts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic and recital debuts at BOZAR Brussels, Carnegie Hall, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris and Koerner Hall, Toronto and a tour through Australia.

As a conductor, he appeared with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ancient Academy of Music, the Aurora, Zurich and Scottish Chamber Orchestras and will debut next season at the Orquesta Nacional de Espana and SWR. During the 17/18 season, Nicolas gave the highly acclaimed Finnish Premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto under the baton of the composer at the Helsinki Festival and was Artist in Spotlight at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

Awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2010, he performed the Schumann Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Lucerne Festival.  Since then, he has performed worldwide with orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, all BBC Orchestras, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras with conductors including Sir Roger Norrington, Francois Xavier Roth, Lahav Shani, Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Manze, Juraj Valcuha, Thomas Dausgaard, Giovanni Antonini and Andrea Marcon amongst others.

In 2012, Nicolas was chosen by Gidon Kremer to succeed him as the new artistic director of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival and in 2014 by Adam Fischer to become the new Artistic Director of the Haydn Philharmonie whom he regularly performs with at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Esterházy Festival and recently on tour in China and Japan. Nicolas is also Artistic Director of the Pfingstfestspiele Ittingen 2019 and 2020.

As a chamber musician, Nicolas partners include with Janine Jansen, Vilde Frang, Pekka Kuusisto, Lawrence Power, Jonathan Cohen, Jean Rondeau, the Quatuor Ébène and the composers Thomas Ades, Jörg Widmann and Fazil Say. He performs at both Salzburg Mozart and Summer Festival, Verbier, BBC Proms, Lucerne, Musikfest Bremen. Last season he premiered new concertos by Sebastian Fagerlund and Helena Winkelman. Anders Hillborg and Fazil Say are writing concertos for him at the moment.

Nicolas’ recording of CPE Bach Concertos on Hyperion with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen received the BBC Music Magazine Concerto Award 2017.  His latest Recital Recording with Fazil Say on Warner Classics received the Edison Klassiek 2017. In 2018 Nicolas received the Musikpreis der Stadt Duisburg. Nicolas was a BBC New Generation Artist 2010-2012 and a recipient of the „Borletti Buitoni Trust Fellowship“ in 2009.

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