2002 Cello Masterclasses, Participant
2004 Chamber Music Connects the World, Junior
2004 Cello Masterclasses, Landgrave of Hesse Prize
2005 Cello Festival, concert
2009 Cello Festival, concert
2010 Mit Musik – Miteinander, Tutor
2010 Chamber Music Connects the World, Guest
2010 Cello Masterclasses, concert
2011 Cello Festival, concert
2013 Kronberg Academy Festival, concert
German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is one of the most sought after and versatile artists today. As a soloist, conductor and artistic director of he enthralls 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 new 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 Artist in Residence 18/19 at the NDR Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, where is going to perform with Krzysztof Urbánski, Hannu Lintu and Christoph Eschenbach on tour. He will be touring major european venues with the SWR Orchestra with Teodor Currentzis, the BBCSO and BBCSSO, La Chambre Philharmonique and Orchestre National de France with Emanuel Krivine and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Further engagements include debuts performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Suntory Hall, Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin with Juraj Valcuha, Hongkong Sinfonietta and Les Violons du Roy as well as returning to the Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin with Robin Ticciati, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Gürzenich Orchestra with Karina Canellakis. He will appear as cellist and conductor with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, SWR Stuttgart and the Scottish and Zurich Chamber Orchestras.
Awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2010, he gave a highly acclaimed performance of 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, Czech Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne- and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras working with conductors like Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington, Andrew Manze, Lahav Shani, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Fedosseev, Giovanni Antonini and Andrea Marcon amongst many others.
In recital, Nicolas performs solo and with partners Fazil Say and Alexander Lonquich. He will tour both Europe and the US and will visit Istanbul, London Wigmore Hall, Bozar, Tonhalle Zurich, Koerner Hall Toronto, Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and New York Carnegie Hall amongst others. In Autumn 17 Nicolas toured Australia extensively as part of a Musica Viva Recital tour with Aleksandar Madzar.
As a chamber musician, Nicolas regularly plays with Janine Jansen, Vilde Frang, Andreas Ottensamer, Pekka Kuusisto, Jörg Widmann, Lawrence Power, Jonathan Cohen and the Quatuor Ébène performing at Salzburg Mozart and Summer Festival, Verbier, Utrecht, BBC Proms, Lucerne, Gstaad, Musikfest Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau and Stavanger.
In 2012 Nicolas has been chosen by Gidon Kremer to become his successor 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, Esterházy Festival and is touring both China and Japan this season.
Nicolas premieres new music and performs with composers like Thomas Ades, Jörg Widmann, Thomas Larcher, Matthias Pintscher, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Fazil Say. He has commissioned the pianist/composer Hauschka as part of this season as Artistic Director of „Viva Cello“ Festival in Liestal in 2016 inspired by a film script by Federico Fellini as well composers Sebastian Fagerlund and Helena Winkelman for new cello concertos.
Nicolas' recent recording of CPE Bach Concertos on Hyperion with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen received the BBC Music Magazine Concerto Award 2017. His last Recital CD with Fazil Say on Warner received the Edison Klassiek 2017.
Nicolas Altstaedt was a BBC New Generation Artist 2010-2012 and a recipient of the „Borletti Buitoni Trust Fellowship“ in 2009.
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