Nicolas Altstaedt


He is one of the most celebrated artists of the younger generation and the successor to Gidon Kremer as director of the Lockenhaus Festival. Above all, he is one of the most creative and independent of musicians.

Pizzicato, 2013

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Nicolas Altstaedt gewinnt Beethoven-Ring 10. Nov 2015

Wie am Montag (09.11.2015) bekannt wurde, geht der Beethovenring 2015 an den Cellisten Nicolas Altstaedt. "Mit Nicolas Altstaedt hat ein Künstler gewonnen, der sich durch herausragende Interpretation klassischer Werke und auch zeitgenössischer Musik auszeichnet", sagte Stephan Eisel, Vorsitzender ...

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Nicolas Altstaedt & José Gallardo, Boulanger: Trois pièces
© Marco Borggreve 
Interview with Nicolas Altstaedt, Cello Biennale Amsterdam
U21 Livemusik: Nicolas Altstaedt spielt Johann Sebastian Bach - BR-KLASSIK
Nicolas Altstaedt mit dem zweiten und dritten Satz (Allemande & Courante) aus der Suite für Violoncello solo Nr.5 c-Moll, BMW 1011
Bayerischer Rundfunk 
Nicolas Altstaedt, Boston
2014-03-04 The Boston Globe, Boston

The real fireworks began with Haydn's First Cello Concerto, with German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt as soloist. One of Discovery Ensemble's strengths is its ability to play 18th-century music with true lightness and finesse, which they showed off throughout the concerto. Altstaedt was an inventive and creative partner; all the time he seemed to be listening keenly, whether he was playing or not. And he varied his tone and phrasing in fascinating ways, sometimes dropping down to a whisper in order to let the orchestra have its say. He also added a fascinating cadenza of his own to the first movement. His technical command was dazzling in the racing finale.

For an encore, Altstaedt and concertmaster Samantha Bennett played Sibelius's first composition, a duo for violin and cello pizzicato called "Water Droplets." He played standing up, leaning over to look at her music stand. It is difficult to imagine a more self-effacing encore.

REVIEW from 2014-03-04  
Artistic Director of Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra
Musikverein Graz, June 2014
Haydn Symphony f-minor No.49 
© Marco Borggreve 
© Marco Borggreve 
Lockenhaus Kammermusikfest 2013
"Schuld und Sühne" 
© Marco Borggreve
Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence
Janine Jansen, Vilde Frang, Julian Rachlin, Lawrence Power, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jens Peter Maintz 
Astor Piazzolla Le Grand Tango Nicolas Altstaedt
Astor Piazzolla Le Grand Tango Nicolas Altstaedt 
© Marco Borggreve 
Review - Wiener Konzerthaus


For his concert on Wednesday, 22nd of January at the Wiener Konzerthaus, cellist Nicolas Altstaedt received an outstanding review by the "Wiener Zeitung".


Richtungslose Wucht - Wiener Zeitung

NEWS from 2014-01-27  
Nicolas Altstaedt, Bach Cello Suite No. 5
Berlin Philharmonie Octobre 2013 
Nicolas Altstaedt - György Kurtág Double concerto op. 27 No.2
Budapest Palace of Arts, Kurtags 85th anniversary concert 
Schumann Cello concerto Nicolas Altstaedt
Nicolas Altstaedt, cello
Wiener Philharmoniker
Gustavo Dudamel 
Nicolas Altstaedt - Bach/ Cello Suite nr. 1 in G – Sarabande
Nicolas Altstaedt - Bach/ Cello Suite nr. 1 in G – Sarabande (live @Bimhuis Amsterdam) 
Wilhelm Killmayer aus den 5 Romanzen: "Caprice de Figaro"
Lockenhaus Kammermusikfest 2014
Nicolas Altstaedt in "Berggespräche"
Nicolas Altstaedt hiking in Burgenland and giving interviews in "Berggespräche", broadcasted in ORF III in November 2015.  
Nicolas Altstaedt and Per Arne Glorvigen
Per Arne Glorvigen: Very Early Morning Blues 
Vienna Symphony Orchestra & Nicolas Altstaedt

On January 22nd and 23rd Nicolas Altstaedt will play Shostakovich's Cello concerto No. 1 with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Vassily Sinaisky, who stands in for Mo. Neeme Järvi, who had to cancel the concerts due to health reasons.

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NEWS from 2014-01-20  
Lutoslawski Cello Concerto
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Dmitri Slobodeniouk 
Camille Saint-Saens: Le Carnaval des animaux
Live Concert from Lockenhaus 05.07.14

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Cristina Barbuti piano
Alexander Lonquich piano
Pekka Kuusisto violin
Benjamin Schmid violin
James Boyd viola 
Sebastian Klinger violoncello
Knut Erik Sundquist double bass
Irena Kavcic flute
Matthew Hunt clarinet
Johannes Fischer percussion

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