Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the NAC Orchestra, John Storgårds has a dual career as a conductor and violin virtuoso, and is widely recognized for his creative flair for programming. He additionally holds the title of Artistic Director of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra.
Highlights of his 2018–2019 season include his subscription debut with the Boston Symphony, and debut appearances with the Munich Philharmonic and Seoul Philharmonic. He returns to the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic and goes on tour with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin. Storgårds visits the NAC twice this season – in October for concerts with violinist Christian Tetzlaff, and in February with pianist Yefim Bronfman. During this second visit he also plays violin in a Music for a Sunday Afternoon concert with members of the NAC Orchestra at the National Gallery of Canada.
Equally at home in the opera house, he gave the world premiere of Sebastian Fagerlund’s new opera Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) at the Finnish National Opera in 2017.
John Storgårds’ award-winning discography includes recordings of not only works by Schumann, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn, but also rarities by Holmboe and Vasks, which feature him as violin soloist. His most recent recording with the BBC Philharmonic is works by American avant-garde composer George Antheil.Read full NAC bio ›
An artist known for his musical integrity, technical assurance and intelligent, compelling interpretations, Christian Tetzlaff has been internationally recognized as one of the most sought-after violinists and exciting musicians on the classical music scene for many years.
From the outset of his career, Tetzlaff 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 Bartók, Berg and Shostakovich to world premieres of contemporary works.
Tetzlaff has been in demand as a soloist with most of the world's leading orchestras and conductors, establishing close artistic partnerships that are renewed season after season. He has performed with the orchestras of Boston, New York, San Francisco and Montreal, as well as with the major European ensembles including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, London Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He made his debut with the NAC Orchestra in 1995 performing works by Mozart, and appeared in Southam Hall with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2008.
Also a dedicated chamber musician, Christian Tetzlaff frequently collaborates with distinguished artists including Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt, and is the founder of the Tetzlaff Quartet.