German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is one of the most sought after and versatile artists today. As a soloist, conductor and artistic director, he performs repertoire from early music to contemporary.
In 2018-19 he will be the artist in residence at the NDR Elbphilharmonie, where he will perform with Krzysztof Urbánksi, Hannu Lintu and Christoph Eschenbach on tour. Other upcoming highlights include debuts with Orchestre National de France, the Yomiuri Symphony at Suntory Hall, Il Giardino Armonico at the Grafenegg Festival, the KBS Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw, and Residentie Orkest in the Hague; repeat invitations from DSO Berlin, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Symphony on tour, and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; and a tour of major European venues with the SWR Orchestra and Teodor Currentzis. Recent highlights include concerto debuts with the Detroit Symphony and Helsinki Philharmonic and recital debuts at BOZAR Brussels, Carnegie Hall, Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, and Koerner Hall in Toronto, as well as a tour through Australia.
Awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2010, Nicolas gave a critically praised performance of the Schumann concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Lucerne Festival. Since then, he has performed worldwide with orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, and all the BBC Orchestras under conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Andrew Davis, Lahav Shani, Robin Ticciati, Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Manze, Emanuel Krivine, Juraj Valcuha, Thomas Dausgaard, Dmitri Slobodeniouk, Thierry Fischer, Ben Gernon, Karina Canellakis, René Jacobs, Giovanni Antonini, and Andrea Marcon.
Nicolas’s recording of CPE Bach concertos on Hyperion with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen received the 2017 BBC Music Magazine Concerto Award. His latest recording – Four Cities – a recital programme of works by Say, Debussy, Shostakovich, and Janacek with Fazil Say was released on Warner Classics to great acclaim and won the 2017 Edison Klassiek award.