The Louis K. Thaler Concert Violinist Series presents Christian Tetzlaff and Kirill Gerstein on Thursday, April 4

By Molly Windover, March 31, 2024

A man in a black shirt plays a violin while closing his eyes

The Louis K. Thaler Concert Violinist Series

Christian Tetzlaff, violin and Kirill Gerstein, piano

in concert

Thursday, April 4, 2024
8:15 p.m.
Ford Hall
James J. Whalen Center for Music

a man playing a piano in front of a sunny window

Christian Tetzlaff and Kirill Gerstein are two of the most sought-after and exciting musicians on the classical music scene. At Ithaca College on Thursday, April 4, Tetzlaff will make his 3rd appearance as the Louis K. Thaler Concert Violinist, in a recital with Gerstein (who performed at IC as a Rachel S. Thaler Concert Pianist in 2021) playing the same program they will perform two days later at Carnegie Hall: Violin Sonatas by Janáček, Brahms, and Bartók, as well as György Kurtág's Tre Pezzi and the New York premiere of a Suite from Thomas Adès' The Tempest, continuing a long-standing collaboration between the composer and these two artists.

"This is the kind of serious, intelligent and virtuosic music-making that keeps classical music alive." (The Observer)

“Tetzlaff, playing as if his life depended on it, transported his audience from the Hungarian gypsy camp to the salons of Vienna. It was the trip of a lifetime.” (Independent on Sunday)

"Pianist Kirill Gerstein is a real phenomenon...a true artist, as a poet of sound who knows how to cast a spell on his listeners." (Der Tagesspiegel)

Tetzlaff and Gerstein will also give master classes, in violin and piano respectively, both at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the concert.

Concert and masterclasses are, as always, FREE and open to the public.

Click here for more information about the Thaler Violin Concert Series, the artist bios, and the full concert program.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Zachary McDonald at or 607-274-3717. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.