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Christian Poltéra

As one of the most impressive cellists of his generation, Poltéra’s performance focuses on music alone: without many gestures, he reveals the essence of a work. His unique timbre is characteristic of his interpretations, masterfully adapted to epochs and styles.

Already at a very young age, the Swiss Christian Poltéra chose the cello. An older classmate introduced him to the instrument and the sound of the cello has not let him go since. He began his studies with Nancy Chumachenco and then continued with Boris Pergamenschikov and Heinrich Schiff in Salzburg and Vienna. In 2004, he was awarded the Borletti-Buitoni Prize and named “BBC New Generation Artist” and as “Rising Star” two years later, he was able to present himself to audiences in the big European concert halls.

Invitations from renowned orchestras have led him around the world. He has appeared with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Los Angeles and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchester de Paris, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra Rome, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich u.a. under conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Bernard Haitink, John Eliot Gardiner, Paavo Järvi and Andris Nelsons.

In addition to his solo career, Christian Poltéra devotes himself to chamber music. The concerts of the Zimmermann Trio – together with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Antoine Tamestit – are an integral part of the large concert hall programs worldwide. A series of CDs (Mozart, Beethoven, Hindemith, Schoenberg) prove the unique interplay of this unsurpassed string trio. In addition, he performs with colleagues such as Mitsuko Uchida, Christian Tetzlaff, Gidon Kremer, Lars Vogt, Leif Ove Andsnes, Ronald Brautigam, Kathryn Stott and the Artemis, Belcea, Auryn and Zehetmair Quartet. Again and again, new projects arouse his interest.

He is also frequently heard performing at major international festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Berlin, Vienna, Schleswig-Holstein and London.

Christian Poltéra’s much acclaimed recordings reflect his versatile and extensive repertoire. Among the award-winning CD recordings include the Cello Concertos by Dvorak, Walton, Ligeti, Barber, Dutilleux, Lutoslawski, Honegger, Hindemith and Martin, as well as Sonatas by Mendelssohn (including BBC Music Award, Gramophone Choice, Diapson D’Or de l’année), Fauré and Saint-Saens. BIS recently released an album with the Shostakovich and Martinů second cello concertos, with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Gilbert Varga.

Since 2013, Christian Poltéra is Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Days in the mountain church Büsingen. He is also a lecturer at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and regularly gives masterclasses.

He plays the legendary “Mara” cello 1711 from the workshop of Antonio Stradivari.

Season 2017/18 | Photo Neda Navaee
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Christian Poltéra with Beethoven Cello Sonatas in Taiwan

25 April 2018

On the April 28th and 30th, Christian Poltéra will perform in Taiwan with his piano partner Hu Jung. The musicians face a great challenge: they will play all […] more ...

Christian Poltéra on tour with the Trio Zimmermann

21 March 2018

Undoubtedly, the Trio Zimmermann is one of the most outstanding ensembles of our time. Not least of which is thanks to its top-notch cast, which includes namesake Frank […] more ...

Into the new year with Christian Poltéra

16 January 2018

With the start of the new year we are very excited to be working with out new cellist Christian Poltéra. See for yourself:   more ...

Welcome Christian Poltéra!

21 December 2017

As one of the most impressive musicians of his generation, Poltéra’s performance focuses on the music alone. Without great gestures, he reveals the essence of a work, with […] more ...

Christian Poltéra & Ronald Brautigam – Beethoven-Programs

20 December 2017

Christian Poltéra – Violoncello Ronald Brautigam – Piano   Beethoven-Cycle 1 (Walter Fortepiano) Twelve Variations over a theme from Händel’s oratorio ‚Judas Maccabäus‘ Sonata for violoncello and piano […] more ...

Christian Poltéra with Esther Hoppe and Ronald Brautigam

20 December 2017

Chrisitian Poltéra | Cello Esther Hoppe | Violin Ronald Brautigam | Piano   Program suggestion: Haydn – Piano Trio No. 45 in E flat major, Hoboken XV:29 (1797) […] more ...

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  • Christian Poltéra
Pingtung – Performing Arts Center, Pingtung
7:30 PM
  • Christian Poltéra
Taipei – National Concert Hall
8:00 PM
  • Christian Poltéra
Pullach – Bürgerhaus
7:00 PM
  • Christian Poltéra
Dresden – Palais im Großen Garten
  • Christian Poltéra
Dresden – Kulturpalast, Konzertsaal
12:30 pm
  • Christian Poltéra
Meggen – St. Charles Hall, Rittersaal
08:00 pm
  • Christian Poltéra
Ludwigsburg – Residenzschloss
07:30 pm
  • Christian Poltéra
Neuvecelle – La Grange au Lac

Christian Poltéra – Celloconcerto by Martinů

Christian Poltéra – Sarabande by Bach

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