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Born in Zurich, cellist Christian Poltéra was a pupil of Nancy Chumachenco and Boris Pergamenschikov before studying with Heinrich Schiff in Salzburg and Vienna. Since replacing Yo-Yo Ma performing the Elgar concerto with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under David Zinman at the age of 17, Mr. Poltéra has steadily established himself as one of the most prominent cellists of his generation.
As soloist he has worked with eminent orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Hamburg Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna and Bamberg Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestra Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestre de Paris, BBC Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Chamber Orchestra of Europe under such conductors as Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Andrew Davis, Paavo Järvi, Jiří Bělohlávek, Donald Runnicles, as well as the leading conductors of the younger generation, such as James Gaffigan, Robin Ticciati, Vasily Petrenko, Joshua Weilerstein, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Andris Nelsons.
Mr. Poltéra made his solo debut in the US in 2006 with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
Mr. Poltéra also devotes himself intensively to chamber music, working with such musicians as Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Leonidas Kavakos, Martin Fröst, Kathryn Stott, Lars Vogt, and Leif Ove Andsnes. In 2008 he joined Mitsuko Uchida in performances of Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time", at Carnegie's Zankel Hall and the Kimmell Center in Philadelphia.
Together with violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and violist Antoine Tamestit, Christian Poltéra has formed a regular string trio that performs regularly at the most prestigious European concert venues, as well as at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals. In 16-17 the Trio Zimmermann tours, among others, in Luxembourg, Warsaw, Zurich, Amsterdam and Milan and present J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations arranged for string trio.
He is a regular guest at renowned festivals, made his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and performed at Hollywood Bowl in 2011.
Christian Poltéra's discography reflects his wide range of repertoire that includes the cello concertos by Dvořák, Walton, Hindemith, Barber, Dutilleux, Lutosławski, Honegger, Martin and Toch, as well as chamber music by Prokofiev, Fauré, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Schubert and Beethoven, on the labels BIS Records, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, and Chandos.
These recordings have won acclaim from the international press, and have been honored with the Gramophone Magazine's "Editor's Choice", Strad Magazine's "Strad Selection", BBC Music Award, and Diapason d’Or de l'année.
Now recording regularly for BIS Records, Mr. Poltéra's upcoming releases will include the cello concerto by Ligeti (Bit20 Ensemble / Baldur Brönnimann) as well as Martinů’s and Shostakovich’s second cello concertos with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Gilbert Varga.
Christian Poltéra plays the famous cello "Mara", built in 1711 by Antonio Stradivari.
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