Nicolas Altstaedt is the winner of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship (2009) and the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award (2010). As a BBC New Generation Artist (2010-2012) he has performed at the Proms and Wigmore Hall, and with all of the BBC Orchestras. Highlights from previous seasons include concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich; Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra; Tapiola Sinfonietta; Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra; the Berlin, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestras; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Auckland Philharmonia; Bamberg Symphony; the Munich, Zurich and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras; Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; Czech Philharmonic; Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana; Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; and Orchestre symphonique de Québec. He feels a deep commitment towards contemporary music, having given the Swiss première of Georg Friedrich Haas’ Concerto for Cello, the UK première of Wolfgang Rihm’s cello concerto Versuchung, and the world première of Fazil Say’s cello sonata Dört Şehir at the Kronberg Cello Festival. In addition, he premièred pieces from Thomas Larcher and Raphael Merlin for violin and cello at the Concertgebouw. Nicolas Altstaedt was one of Boris Pergamenschikow’s last students in Berlin, where he continued his studies with Eberhard Feltz. In 2012 he succeeded Gidon Kremer as the new artistic director of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival.