Thursday | 18. January 2024

Tanja Tetzlaff becomes Professor of Violoncello and Chamber Music

Starting April 1st, 2024, the renowned cellist Tanja Tetzlaff will become a professor at the HfK

A press release from Melisa Lemcke

Starting April 1st, 2024, the renowned cellist Tanja Tetzlaff will become a professor at the HfK. © Giorgia Bertazzi

The University of the Arts (HfK) Bremen is strengthening their ranks. Starting April 1st, 2024, the renowned cellist Tanja Tetzlaff will become a professor at the HfK. Anyone interested in studying music at the start of the summer semester can apply until January 31st, 2024.  

Tanja Tetzlaff has a wealth of experience as a soloist and chamber musician. She is familiar to audiences in Bremen through her engagement with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. 

One of Tanja Tetzlaff's special qualities is her exceptionally broad repertoire. In addition to the major concertos of the standard cello repertoire, she is particularly fond of the cello concertos by Unsuk Chin, Witold Lutosławski, Jörg Widmann, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and the double concerto for cello & percussion by Rolf Wallin. Tetzlaff is an enthusiastic string quartet and piano trio player and regularly performs at chamber music festivals.

In addition to presenting classical music, it is also important to Tetzlaff to incorporate other art forms into her work and to address current events. The topic of sustainability is particularly important to her. For her commitment to bringing the issues of nature conservation and climate change into the concert hall, she was appointed a lifetime ambassador by the "Orchestra of Change".

The artistic openness, creative power and social role that the HfK Bremen plays as an art and music university have convinced the cellist, among other things, to become a professor in Bremen, where she will promote music education and imparting knowledge, thus shaping future generations of musicians:

"I am overjoyed to be taking on this wonderful task in my home town and look forward to building up an energetic and versatile cello class as well as supervising the chamber music department! I'm really looking forward to getting to know the students," said Tetzlaff. 

Interested in studying music at the HfK Bremen? For the summer semester 2024, university transfer students and advanced students from the second semester onwards can currently apply. The application deadline is January 31st, 2024. 

Tanja Tetzlaff studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Professor Bernhard Gmelin and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Professor Heinrich Schiff. She plays a cello made by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini in 1776.