“Elisabeth Kufferath’s brilliance is manifest in the fact that she is one with her instrument. She is the absolute master of both modern compositional techniques and classical style. She brings the emotions implicit in the music to life by binding the compositional structure with her expressively powerful virtuosity.” – Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung
A member of the Tetzlaff String Quartet since its inception in 1992, Elisabeth Kufferath has performed on the stages of some of the most auspicious halls in Europe and the United States, including Philharmonie Hall in Berlin, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. In 2015 the Tetzlaff Quartet was awarded a Diapason d’Or de l’année for their recording of string quartets by Berg and Mendelssohn.
Elisabeth Kufferath’s chamber music partners include Lars Vogt, Isabelle van Keulen, Tabea Zimmermann, Isabelle Faust and Adrian Brendel. She is regularly invited to perform at Berliner Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, “Spannungen” Heimbach, Helsinki Festival, Lucerne Festival and Schubertiade Schwarzenberg.
She has appeared as soloist with the WDR-Symphony Orchestra Cologne under the direction of Heinz Holliger, Ensemble Oriol Berlin led by Marcus Creed, the Munich Chamber Orchestra with conductor Christoph Poppen, World Youth Symphony Orchestra and Gerard Schwarz, as well as the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, musica assoluta Hannover and Kammerakademie Potsdam. She has recorded for the Naxos, cpo, Wergo, Avi and Ondine Labels.
Elisabeth Kufferath’s repertoire is highlighted by contemporary works. Active as a violinist and violist, Kufferath plays both the violin Sequenza (VIII) and the viola Sequenza (VI) by Luciano Berio, the sonata for Viola solo by Ligeti and Kurtag’s Cycle ‘Signs, Games and Messages’. She has collaborated with composers Moritz Eggert, Manfred Trojahn, George Lentz and Jörg Widmann. At the Feldkirch Festival, Kufferath gave the world première of Jan Müller-Wieland’s “Himmelfahrt”, a work for solo viola written for and dedicated to her. She also gave the German première of Elliott Carter’s Figment IV for viola.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Elisabeth Kufferath received degrees from the Musikhochschule Lübeck, where she studied with Uwe-Martin Haiberg and Nora Chastain, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a scholarship student of Donald Weilerstein.
Elisabeth Kufferath is Professor of Violin at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater, und Medien in Hannover, Germany. Her violin and viola were both made by Peter Greiner in Germany.
Role: Classical Artist