Nicolas Altstaedt

Last updated: September 5, 2023

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 contemporary, playing on period and modern instruments.

His 2023–2024 season includes tours with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées with Philippe Herreweghe, and Arcangelo with Jonathan Cohen. Altstaedt makes his debut with the Bamberger Symphoniker, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and NAC Orchestra, while re-invitations include the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Edward Gardner, amongst others.

Altstaedt regularly performs on period instruments with ensembles such as Il Giardino Armonico, B’Rock, and Academy of Ancient Music. As a conductor, he has forged close partnerships with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester, and Les Violons du Roy. As a chamber musician, he performs at both Salzburg Mozart and Summer festivals, Verbier Festival, BBC Proms, Lucerne Festival, Prague Spring Festival, and Musikfest Bremen. 

Joint appearances with composers such as Thomas Adès, Jörg Widmann, Thomas Larcher, Fazıl Say, and Sofia Gubaidulina consolidate his reputation as an outstanding interpreter of contemporary music. New concertos by Marton Illés and Erkki-Sven Tüür receive their premieres this season, and by Liza Lim in 2024–2025.

His most recent recording for his Lockenhaus Festival garnered the BBC Music Magazine 2020 Chamber Award and Gramophone Classical Music Award 2020. Altstaedt is a recipient of the Credit Suisse Award in 2010, Beethovenring Bonn 2015, and Musikpreis der Stadt Duisburg 2018, and was a 2010–2012 BBC New Generation Artist.

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