Nicolas Altstaedt





Renowned worldwide for his musical integrity and effortless virtuosity, German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is one of the most sought after and versatile artists today. As a soloist, chamber musician, conductor and artistic director he enthralls audiences with repertoire spanning from the baroque to the contemporary.

At the beginning at the 17/18 season he is going to perform the Finnish Premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's new cello concerto under the baton of the composer at the Helsinki Festival, and returning to the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with Santtu-Matias Rouvali for the Dutch premiere.  He will be Artist in Spotlight at the Concertgebouw in 17/18 and Artist in Residence 18/19 at the NDR Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, where he will perform with Krzysztof Urbanski, Sakari Oramo and Thomas Hengelbrock on tour.  Later on, he will be touring major European venues with the SWR Orchestra with Teodor Currentzis, the BBC SSO with Thomas Dausgaard, La Chambre Philharmonique with Emanuel Krivine and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Further engagements include debut performances at the Detroit and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Suntory Hall, Helsinki Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin with Juraj Valcuha, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Les Violins du Roy.

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, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic working with conductors like Sir Roger Norrington, Andrew Manze, Lahav Shani, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Neville Marriner, 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, Theatre des Champs-Elysées and New York Carnegie Hall amongst others.
In Autumn 17 Nicolas will tour 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, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Pekka Kuusisto, Antoine Tamestit, Lawrence Power, Jonathan Cohen and the Quatuor Ébène performing at Salzburg Mozart and Summer Festival, Verbier, BBC Proms, Musikfest Berlin and Lucerne.

In 2012 Nicolas was 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 will tour both China and Japan in the next season.

He is curating the Ukaria Festival in Australia 2018, as well as Ittinger Pfingstfestspiele 2019 and 2020 founded by Andras Schiff.


Nicolas premieres new music and performs with composers like Thomas Ades, Jörg Widmann, Thomas Larcher, Nico Muhly and Fazil Say.  Sebastian Fagerlund, Thomas Larcher, Bryce Dessner and Helena Winkelman are writing new cello concertos for him.

Nicolas' recent recording of CPE Bach Concertos on Hyperion with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen received the BBC Music Magazine Concerto Award 2017. This year, he released a Recital CD with Fazil Say on Warner Classics. 

Nicolas Altstaedt was a BBC New Generation Artist 2010-2012 and a recipient of the “Borletti Buitoni Trust Fellowship” in 2009. He plays a Giulio Cesare Gigli cello, Rome around 1760.


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