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Nicolas Altstaedt, cello

Nicolas Altstaedt is appointed as new artistic director of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival

Credit Suisse Young Artist 2010

BBC New Generation Artist 2010-2011 – 2011 - 2012

Winner of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship 2009

Haydn's artistic messages, including daunting technical challenges, are projected across the imagined stage with such verve and detailed plasticity, in a manner so rich in consummate musical perception, more than I have ever experienced before. (Peter Cossé reviewing Nicolas Altstaedt's recording of Haydn's cello concertos with the Kammerakademie Potsdam)

Nicolas Altstaedt was awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artists Award 2010 and gave his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Lucerne Festival 2010. He  received a Borletti Buitoni Fellowship 2009 and currently is a BBC NEW GENERATION ARTIST, which includes performances and recordings with all BBC orchestras, appearances at the BBC Proms, the Wigmore Hall and various festivals. He has just been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Lockenhaus Festival, suggested by Gidon Kremer.

Born in 1982 into a family of German and French descent, Nicolas Altstaedt was one of Boris Pergamenschikow's last students in Berlin, where he is still working with Eberhard Feltz.

He recently performed with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, with the RSO Stuttgart, the Stuttgart and Zurich chamber orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne- and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, the Finnish and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra under conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Andrew Davies, Sir Roger Norrington, Mario Venzago, Dennis Russell Davies, Adam Fischer, Jeffrey Tate, Walter Weller and Andrey Boreyko.

He appears in concert around the globe with such artists as Gidon Kremer, Pekka Kuusisto, Barnabas Kelemen, Yuri Bashmet, Alexander Lonquich, Jörg Widmann, the Quatuor Ebène, collaborates with composers Thomas Ades, Wilhelm Killmayer, Sofia Gubaidulina and HK Gruber and has just performed the Double Concerto of György Kurtag at the composers' 85th birthday concert in Budapest. He is a regular guest at the festivals of Lockenhaus, Jerusalem, Ludwigsburg, Rheingau, Salzburg Summer and Salzburg Mozart Festival.

Starting in 15/16 Nicolas is artistic director of the Haydn Philharmonie.