The German cellist, Nicolas Altstaedt, was born into a family of German and French descent. From 1996 to 2001 he was a "young student" in Marcio Carneiro’s class at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold and after passing his A-levels, he went to the Basel Music Academy to study under Ivan Monighetti. More recently, he studied with Boris Pergamenschikow (one of his last students) at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where he is continued his studies with David Geringas and latewr with Eberhard Feltz. Furthermore he has been influenced by Mstislav Rostropovich, Tabea Zimmermann, Heinrich Schiff and Anner Bylsma.
Nicolas Altstaedt has won a number of prizes and awards, such as 1st Prize at the Lausanne "Concours d’Interpretation Musicale internationale" in 2003, the Landgrave of Hesse Prize of the Kronberg Academy in 2004, 1st prize at the German Music Competition in 2005, 1st prize at the International Domnick Cello Competition in Stuttgart in 2005, the Adam International Cello Competition in New Zealand in 2006, the Marguerite-Duetschler Award - Gstaad in 2008, the Kulturstiftung Dortmund prize in 2010, and the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award 2010, and gave his debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Gustavo Dudamel at the Lucerne Festival 2010.. He received a Borletti Buitoni Fellowship in 2009, and is a BBC New Generation Artist 2010-2012, which includes performances and recordings with all BBC orchestras, appearances at the BBC Proms, the Wigmore Hall and various festivals.
Nicolas Altstaedt’s highlights of past and upcoming seasons include concerts with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Wiener Symphoniker, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Camerata Bern, Kremerata Baltica, Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester-Berlin, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Münchener Kammerorchester, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and Haydn Philharmonie Austria/Hungary. He performs under the baton of such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrey Boreyko, Sir Andrew Davis, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Adam Fischer, Neeme Järvi, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington, Dennis Russell Davies, Alexander Shelley, Jeffrey Tate, Mario Venzago, Walter Weller and David Zinman. This season includes debut performances with the Auckland Philharmonic, Tonkünstlerorchestra at the Musikverein Vienna, Japan Century Orchestra in Osaka, Orchestre National de Lille and Strasbourg and tours with the Lucerne Festival String Orchestra, German Youth Orchestra and Kammerakademie Potsdam.
Nicolas Altstaedt feels a deep commitment to contemporary music and performs with the composers Thomas Ades, Wilhelm Killmayer, Jörg Widmann, Matthias Pintscher, Fazil Say, Sofia Gubaidulina, HK Gruber and Moritz Eggert. He has performed the Double Concerto by György Kurtág at the composers' 85th birthday concert 2011 in Budapest, played the Swiss premiere of G.F. Haas Cello concerto and will play Wolfgang Rihm's Cello Concerto "Versuchung" for the composers' 60th birthday this year. Commissions by Fazil Say, Thomas Larcher and Raphael Merlin had been premiered 2012 in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam amongst others.
Nicolas Altstaedt appears in concert around the globe with such artists as Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Daniel Hope, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Jörg Widmann, the Sasha Waltz dance company. His current chamber music partners are Alexander Lonquich, Barnabás Kelemen, Pekka Kuusisto, Antoine Tamestit, Jonathan Cohen and the Quatuor Ebene. He also regularly plays in a trio with the violinist Erik Schumann and the pianist Anna Vinnitskaya. He is a regular guest at festivals such as Jerusalem, Kaposvar, Salzburg Summer and Salzburg Mozart Festival. Altstaedt has been suggested by Gidon Kremer to become his successor as the new Artistic Director of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival from 2012.
Nicolas Altstaedt has recorded several CD’s for the Genuin and Naxos labels. His last recording of the Haydn Cello concertos as well the recording of the cello concertos of Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Friedrich Gulda have been highly acclaimed. A CD with the complete works of Gabriel Pierné, Vincent d'Indy and Nadia Boulanger and another one with pieces of Schumann and Wilhelm Killmayer (world premiere recording) has just been released.
Nicolas Altstaedt has been granted a three-season residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York and plays a cello by Nicolas Lupot (Paris 1821) loaned to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.