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Biography

Reed Tetzloff
Biography


“Richly communicative…a young American to watch.” – The Cincinnati Enquirer

“Tetzloff lives through whatever he plays – he cannot do otherwise.” – Klassiek Centraal (Belgium)

The young American pianist, Reed Tetzloff, has distinguished himself as one of the brightest stars of a new generation of musicians.  He enthralls audiences with his “magical tone” (The Cincinnati Enquirer) and “ebullient” virtuosity (Gramophone Magazine).  His rhetorical approach to the music he performs, along with a warmly charismatic stage presence, are trademarks of his communication with an audience.  

He showcases his unique gifts as a recitalist and concerto soloist on three continents, having made his Lincoln Center debut with the Mannes Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, and his New York solo recital debut at Merkin Hall, both in 2012.  He has also performed concerti with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Queens Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Tbilisi Symphony, and the Wayzata Symphony.  His recitals have been heard across the United States, in China and in Europe.  He performs frequently at noteworthy New York venues, including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the consulates of Bulgaria, Germany, and Poland, the Ukrainian Cultural Institute, the Museum of the City of New York, the Ana Tzarev Gallery, and the Union Club.

At the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, Reed Tetzloff’s career was given a major boost after being named one of twelve semi-finalists.  His performances were widely acclaimed in Russian media, which dubbed him “the lyric hero of the competition”, and noted by music connoisseurs across the globe.  As an American making his mark in the most prestigious music competition in the world, Reed Tetzloff followed in the footsteps of Van Cliburn, whose triumph in the inaugural 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition marked a seminal moment in history.

He has won prizes from other major international competitions:  American Protege, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, Bradshaw and Buono, Cincinnati World Piano Competition, Cleveland International Piano Competition, Five Towns Music and Art Foundation, Schimmel, and the Tbilisi International Piano Competition.  At Mannes College the New School for Music, he won the two largest awards available to pianists: the Concerto Competition and the Nadia Reisenberg Competition.  He was honored as a winner of the 2014 Center for Musical Excellence (CME) International Grant, Birte Moller Young Artists Award, and joined the roster of CME Young Artists.

Born in 1992 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he previously studied with Dr. Paul Wirth and won over ten first prizes in state, regional, and national competitions prior to college, including third prize in the national finals of the Music Teacher’s National Association Piano Competition.  Mr. Tetzloff went on to earn his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Mannes College, studying with Piano Department Chair Pavlina Dokovska.  He has also studied with Vladimir Valjarevic, and has worked privately and in Master Class settings with artists such as Eteri Andjapardize, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yefim Bronfman, Vladimir Feltsman, Richard Goode, Lowell Liebermann, and Andre Watts.

His 2016-17 season includes a major multi-city tour of Belgium, as well as recitals at The Chopin Foundation of the United States, the Drozdoff Society’s Impromptu Classical Music Series, The Young Musicians’ Forum of Schenectady, and as guest artist for the Minnesota Music Teacher’s Association Annual State Convention.  He also looks forward to the release of his debut recording, Sounds of Transcendence on the Romeo Records label.  It highlights his personal approach to programming, as the immaculate Prelude, Choral, et Fugue of César Franck is surrounded by mystical and ecstatic works by Alexander Scriabin and the neglected American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes.

Reed Tetzloff has been praised as a “young American to watch” by The Cincinnati Enquirer, which lauded his “magical tone” and “richly communicative” playing.

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