Violinist Christian Tetzlaff introduces his LSO Artist Portrait
‘I have been performing with the LSO for nearly 30 years; we’ve been ageing together and it’s a wonderful feeling. In this series, we will be playing three of my favourite pieces, all from the 20th century – Elgar’s Violin Concerto, Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto and Syzmanowski’s First Violin Concerto – as well as a chamber music series of BBC Radio 3 Concerts at LSO St Luke’s.
It’s simply a fantastic time to be a musician if you can play with an orchestra like the LSO, because the boundaries have disappeared. It’s about daring to really speak a language, and to throw yourself into the concert with total commitment – and that’s the experience I have with the LSO again and again. Even in a quick rehearsal you can really get to the core of things.
And for me, now, at the age of 53, and having played with the LSO a lot, it’s much more natural – we know each other, and it’s much easier to say, ‘This is what I think, this is what I feel’. You actually allow yourself to go to the edges of the piece’.