Christoph Eschenbach Leads Chritian Tetzlaff and LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall This Weekend
Conductor Christoph Eschenbach returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in its first three performances of 2014, tonight and Saturday, January 10 and 11, at 8 pm, and Sunday, January 12, at 2 pm.
Joining the orchestra is Christian Tetzlaff, one of the violin's most thoughtful masters, to explore the paradoxes of Schoenberg's Violin Concerto, a work not heard here since 1975. Also on the program are Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Dvo?ák's Symphony No. 9, "New World," one of the composer's most popular symphonies.
In demand as a distinguished guest conductor with the finest orchestras and opera houses throughout the world, Christoph Eschenbach began his tenure in September 2010 as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra as well as Music Director of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Since his appointment to these positions in 2008, he has played a key role in planning future seasons, international festivals and special projects for these two prestigious institutions. A prolific recording artist over five decades, Christoph Eschenbach has an impressive discography as both a conductor and a pianist on a number of prominent labels. Eschenbach's discography includes recordings with the Orchestre de Paris, on the Ondine and Deutsche Grammophon labels, and with the London Symphony (Sony/BMG), the Vienna Philharmonic (Decca), the Hamburg NDR Symphony (BMG/Sony & Warner) and the Houston Symphony (Koch), among many others. His Ondine recording of the music of Kaija Saariaho with the Orchestre de Paris and soprano Karita Mattila won the 2009 MIDEM Classical Award in Contemporary Music and his recent Hindemith recording received a 2014 Grammy nomination.
An artist known for his musical integrity, technical assurance and intelligent, compelling interpretations, Christian Tetzlaff is internationally recognized as one of the most important violinists performing today. From the outset of his career, he has performed and recorded a broad spectrum of the repertoire, ranging from Bach's unaccompanied sonatas and partitas to 19th century masterworks by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Brahms; and from 20th century concertos by Bartok, Berg and Shostakovich to world premieres of contemporary works. Highlights of Tetzlaff's 2013/14 season in North America include appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis and National symphonies; recitals with Lars Vogt in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Montreal, Quebec City and at the Schubert Club in St. Paul; and two appearances in Carnegie Hall - with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and with the Tetzlaff Quartet, which also performs at Duke University, Dartmouth College, Spivey Hall in Atlanta and the Eastman School of Music. European highlights include return visits to the Vienna and Munich Philharmonics and tours with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and London's Philharmonia Orchestra under Andris Nelsons.