Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt was born in Heidelberg to a family of German and French ancestry. He was a pupil in Marcio Carneiro's class at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold from 1996 to 2001, and he progressed to the City of Basel Music Academy, where he studied with Ivan Monighetti. Later, he worked with Boris Pergamenschikow, David Geringas, and Eberhard Feltz at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin. Between 2003 and 2010, Altstaedt won prizes in several competitions, including the Concours d'Interpretation Musicale Internationale in Lausanne, the Kronberg Academy's Landgrave of Hesse Prize, the International Domnick Cello Competition of New Music in Stuttgart, the Adam International Cello Competition in New Zealand, the Kulturstiftung Dortmund Prize, and the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, among others. He performed with Gustavo Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic at the Lucerne Festival in 2010, and he was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2010 to 2012. He has been a soloist with the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Altstaedt is an active chamber musician, appearing in recitals with Janine Jansen, Vilde Frang, Lawrence Power, Pekka Kuusisto, Antoine Tamestit, and the Quatuor Ebène, and he has been a frequent guest at many music festivals, such as the BBC Proms, the Salzburg Mozart Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, the Musikfest Bremen, and many others. He was chosen by Gidon Kremer to be his successor as the artistic director of the Lockenhaus Festival. He has recorded for Genuin, Naxos, Claves, Channel Classics, Hyperion, and Warner Classics.
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