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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. 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 (violin) and Antoine Tamestit (viola) – 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. At last his album with the Shostakovich and Martinů second cello concertos, with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Gilbert Varga was released in 2017.

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 2018/19 | Photo Neda Navaee
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Christian Poltéra plays Dvořák for season opening in Mainz

30 August 2018

The Staatstheater Mainz starts off the season on August 31st with a musical highlight: Christian Poltéra will present one of the most beloved cello concertos, Dvořák‘s Cello Concerto […] more ...

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 Poltera & Wolf Wondratschek – “The Mara”

4 September 2018

Christian Poltéra | violoncello Wolf Wondratschek | reading Depending on the context of the event, the program and the reading can be adapted.   Program with piano: Bach                 […] more ...

Christian Poltéra & the Munich Chamber Orchestra

15 May 2018

Christian Poltéra | violoncello Munich Chamber Orchestra     Grieg     Holberg-suite op. 40 or Elgar     Introduction and Allegro op. 47 Haydn   Cello Concerto C Major Hob. VIIb; 1 […] 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) Beethoven     […] more ...

06.10.2018
08:00 pm
Promoter
  • Christian Poltéra
Ede – Concert Hall
07.10.2018
08:15 pm
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  • Christian Poltéra
Amsterdam – Muziekgebouw
13.10.2018
08:00 pm
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  • Christian Poltéra
Bensheim – Parktheater
19.10.2018
07:30 pm
Promoter
  • Christian Poltéra
Bern – Kursaal
20.10.2018
07:30 pm
Promoter
  • Christian Poltéra
Bern – Kursaal
12.11.2018
08:00 pm
Promoter
  • Christian Poltéra
Venice -Teatro La Fenice
13.11.2018
08:00 pm
Promoter
  • Christian Poltéra
Venice -Teatro La Fenice

C. P. E. Bach
Concerto for violoncello A-major Wq 172

Barber
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra op. 22

Beethoven
Concerto for violin, violoncello, piano and orchestra C major “Tripelconcert” op. 56

Berio
Ritorno degli snovidenia per violoncello e piccola orchestra

Bernstein
Three Meditations for cello & orchestra from “Mass”

Bloch
Schelomo – Hebrew Rhapsodie for violoncello and orchestra

Boccherini
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra B major

Brahms
Concerto for Violine, violoncello and orchestra A moll op. 102

Bruch
Kol Nidrei – Adagio for violoncello and orchestra op. 47

L. Dallapiccola
Dialoghi per violoncello e orchestra (1959/60)

Dutilleux
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra

Dvořák
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra B minor op. 104

Elgar
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra E minor op. 85

Haydn
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra No. 1 C major
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra No. 2 D major

Hindemith
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra

Honegger
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra

W. E. Korngold
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra

E. Lalo
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra D minor

Lutosławski
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra

F. Martin
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra

Martinů
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra No. 1 H 196
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra No. 2 H 304

Prokofiev
Sinfonia concertante for violoncello and orchestra E minor op. 125

O. Respighi
Adagio mit Variationen A major

Saint-Saëns
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra No. 1 A minor op. 33

Schoeck
Concerto for violoncello and Streicher op. 61

Shostakovich
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra No. 1 E flat major op. 107
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra No. 2 G major

Schumann
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra A minor op. 129

R. Strauss
Don Quixote op. 35

Toch
Concerto for violoncello and chamber orchestra op. 35

Tschaikowsky
Variations over a rokoko-theme for violoncello and orchestra op. 33

Vivaldi
Various Concertos upon inquiry

Mendelssohn
Works for Cello and Piano  
Ronald Brautigam, Piano
BIS-2187 SACD (2017)

Lutoslawski
Hommage à Heinrich Schiff
Celloconcerto
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and
Freiburg
Heinrich Schiff, Conductor
NEOS 21602 (2017)

Martinů, Schostakowitsch
Cello Concertos
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Gilbert Varga, Conductor
BIS-2257 SACD (2017)

Hindemith, Schoenberg
String Trios
Trio Zimmermann   
Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin
Antoine Tamestit, viola
BIS-2207 SACD (2017)

Ligeti
Concertos     
Joonas Ahonen, piano
BIT20 Ensemble
BIS-2209 SACD (2016)

Dvořák, Martinů
Cello Concertos
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin    
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
BIS-2157 SACD (2016)

Glazunov, Taneyev
String Quintets        
Gringolts Quartet              
BIS-2177 SACD (2016)

Walton, Hindemith
Cello Concertos
Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Frank Shipway, conductor
BIS-2077 SACD (2014)

Beethoven
Stirng Trios Op.3 & Op.8
Trio Zimmermann
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin
Antoine Tamestit, viola
BIS-2087 SACD (2014)

Samuel Barber
Cello Concerto Op.22
Cello Sonata Op.6
Adagio for strings Op.11
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Litton, conductor
Kathryn Stott, piano
BIS-1827 SACD (2012)

Dvořák
Works for violoncello & piano
Christian Poltéra, violoncello
Kathryn Stott, piano
BIS-1947 SACD (2012)

Frank Martin, Arthur Honegger, Othmar Schoeck
Cello Concertos
Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Tuomas Ollila-Hannikainen, conductor
BIS-1737 CD (2012)

L.v. Beethoven
String Trios op. 9
Trio Zimmermann
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin
Antoine Tamestit, viola
BIS-1857 SACD (2011)

A. Mozart, Franz Schubert
Divertimento E flat major K 563
String trio B major D471
Trio Zimmermann
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin
Antoine Tamestit, viola
BIS-1817 SACD (2010)

Henri Dutilleux, W. Lutosławski
Tout un monde lointain… for violoncello and orchestra
Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher for violoncello solo
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra
Sacher variation for violoncello solo
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Jac van Steen, conductor
BIS-1777 SACD (2009)

Saint-Saëns
Sonata for violoncello and piano No. 1 C minor op. 32
Sonata for violoncello and piano No. 2 F major op. 123
Prière for violin/violoncello and organ op. 158
The Carnival of the Animals: No. 13, The Swan
Romance for violoncello and piano F major op. 36
Kathryn Stott, piano
Chandos – CHAN 10552 (2009)

Frank Martin
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra
Ballad for violoncello and piano
8 Préludes for piano
Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Tuomas Ollila-Hannikainen, conductor
Kathryn Stott, piano
BIS-1637 CD (2008)

Arthur Honegger
Cello Concerto
Sonata for violoncello and piano
Sonatina for  violine and piano
Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Tuomas Ollila-Hannikainen, conductor
Kathryn Stott, piano
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
BIS-1617 CD (2007)

Othmar Schoeck
Cello Concerto
Sonata for violoncello and piano
Malmö Symphony Orchestra,
Tuomas Ollila-Hannikainen, conductor
Julius Drake, piano
BIS-1597 CD (2007)

Gabriel Fauré
Cello-Sonatas No. 1 & 2
Piano Trio
Nocturne No. 13
Priya Mitchell, violin
Kathryn Stott, piano
Chandos – CHAN 10447 (2007)

Michael Tippett
Triple Concerto
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Hope, violin
Philip Dukes, viola
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Deutsches Grammophon – 0289 477 7332 0 (2007)

Ernst Toch
Dance Suite
Cello Concerto
Spectrum Concerts Berlin
Naxos – 8.559282 (2006)

Mozart
String Quintett K 581
(Transcription of 1803)
with Lars Anders Tomter among others
SIMAX Classics – ASIN B000TS17NM (2006)

Prokofiev, Tschaikowsky, Rachmaninow
Symphony No. 1 in D major, op. 25
Piano Sonata No.7 in B major, op. 83
Sonata for violoncello and piano in C major, op. 119
Melode from “Souvenir d’un lieu cher”, op. 42
Vocalise, op.34/14
Polina Leschenko, piano
Martha Argerich, piano
Roby Lakatos, violin
Avanticlassic – ASIN B001GQ4AUS (2005)

Saint-Saëns
“Le Carnaval des Animaux“ with Lars Vogt
Live-Recording from Heimbach Kammermusik Festival
EMI – CJX7071 (2003)

Dohnányi
Serenade for string trio
Spectrum Concerts Berlin
Naxos – 8.557153 (2002)

Ernst Toch
Concert for violoncello and chamber orchestra op. 35
Radio-Philharmonie Hannover des NDR
Heinrich Schiff, conductor
Pan Classics – B000071JVS (2001)

Franz Schubert
String Quintet C major D 956
Auryn Quartett
Tacet – 0110-0 CD (2001)

Antonín Dvořák
Concerto for violincello and orchestra op. 104
Stadtorchester Winterthur
Heinrich Schiff, conductor
Tacet – WV 98 D (1998)

Paul Huber
Concerto for violoncello and orchestra
Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen
Tacet – B.3.3 (1998)

Christian Poltéra – Celloconcerto by Martinů

Christian Poltéra – Sarabande by Bach

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