The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society continues its 43rd season this Sunday with a concert from renowned cellist Nicolas Altstaedt performing with pianist Gilles Vonsatte at the Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church at 5 p.m.

The program will feature Debussy: Cello Sonata; Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 4, op. 102, # 1; Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 2 in F, op. 99; and Schumann: Fantasiestucke, op. 73. Vonsatte is stepping in for pianist Alexander Lonquich due to a scheduling conflict. 
Considered as one of Europe’s finest young artists, Nicolas Altstaedt is regarded as a thoughtful, articulate musician and brilliant performer who brings intellectual energy and emotion to the stage. A versatile artist performing the classical repertoire and commissioning new music, Altstaedt was one of Boris Pergamenschikow’s last students in Berlin, where he continued his studies with Eberhard Feltz. After winning several international competitions and a Borletti Buitoni Fellowship in 2009, Nicolas Altstaedt was awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award 2010, for part of which he performed with the Vienna Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Lucerne Festival.

As a BBC New Generation Artist 2010-2012, he has performed with all BBC Orchestras, at the Proms and at the Wigmore Hall. Altstaedt has also performed as guest artist (under a three-year residency) with the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, New York City. He has also received critical acclaimed for his recording of two Haydn concertos with the Potsdamer Kammerakademie; Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Gulda concertos on the Claves label; and a world premiere recording of pieces by Wilhelm Killmayer with José Gallardo.
Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality. His most recent 2014 New York solo recital was hailed as “tightly conceived and passionately performed…a study in intensity” by The New York Times.  Comfortable with and seeking out an enormous range of repertoire, Vonsattel displays a musical curiosity and sense of adventure that has gained him many admirers. Recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions as well as a Honens laureate, he has in recent years made his Boston Symphony, Tanglewood, and San Francisco Symphony debuts, while performing recitals and chamber music at Ravinia, Tokyo’s Musashino Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bravo! Vail, Music@Menlo, the Gilmore festival, the Lucerne festival, and the Munich Gasteig.
The 411: Nicolas Altstaedt performs with pianist Gilles Vonsatte at 5pm on Sunday, February 28 at the Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave. Tickets are $18-$35 via Brown Paper Tickets, at 1-800-838-3006 or at the door.

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