"The compelling French-German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt gave a performance of this compact 10-minute piece that thoroughly conveyed its audacious, even radical elements.
This was his New York recital debut. It’s about time.“
Anthony Tommasini, NY Times 22/02/16

German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is one of the most sought after and versatile artists today. As a cellist, conductor and artistic director he performs repertoire spanning from early music to the contemporary.

At the beginning at the 17/18 season he performed the highly acclaimed Finnish Premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's new cello concerto under the baton of the composer at the Helsinki Festival. He currently is Artist in Spotlight at the Concertgebouw in 17/18 and Artist in Residence 18/19 at the NDR Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, where is going to perform with Krzysztof Urbánski, Hannu Lintu and Christoph Eschenbach on tour.

He will be touring major european venues with the SWR Orchestra with Teodor Currentzis, the BBCSO and BBCSSO, La Chambre Philharmonique and Orchestre National de France with Emanuel Krivine and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Further engagements include debuts performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Fabien Gabel, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Suntory Hall, Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic with Thomas Dausgaard, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin with Juraj Valcuha, Netherlands Philharmonic with Ben Gernon at the Concertgebouw and Residentie Orkest The Hague with Nicholas Collon, Sinfonica de Galicia and Dima Slobodeniouk, Nagoya Philharmonic and Thierry Fischer, Hongkong Sinfonietta, KBS Symphony Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Il Giardino Armonico at Grafenegg Festival and Les Violons du Roy as well as returning to the Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin with Robin Ticciati, the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Dima Slobodeniouk and the Gürzenich Orchestra with Karina Canellakis. He will appear as cellist and conductor with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, SWR Stuttgart, the Scottish and Zurich Chamber Orchestras and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.

Awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2010, he gave a highly acclaimed performance of the Schumann concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Lucerne Festival.  Since then he has performed worldwide with orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Czech Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne- and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras working with conductors like Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Andrew Davis, Andrew Manze, Lahav Shani, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Fedosseev, Giovanni Antonini and Andrea Marcon amongst many others.

In recital, Nicolas performs solo and with partners Fazil Say and Alexander Lonquich. He will tour both Europe and the US and will visit Istanbul, London Wigmore Hall, Bozar, Tonhalle Zurich, Koerner Hall Toronto, Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and New York Carnegie Hall amongst others.
In Autumn 17 Nicolas toured  Australia extensively as part of a Musica Viva Recital tour with Aleksandar Madzar.

As a chamber musician, Nicolas plays with Janine Jansen, Vilde Frang, Tabea Zimmermann, Christian Tetzlaff, Leif Ove Andsnes, Andreas Ottensamer, Pekka Kuusisto, Jörg Widmann, Lawrence Power, Antoine Tamestit, Jonathan Cohen and the Quatuor Ébène performing at Salzburg Mozart and Summer Festival, Verbier, Utrecht, BBC Proms, Lucerne, Gstaad, Musikfest Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau and Stavanger.

In 2012 Nicolas has been chosen by Gidon Kremer to become his successor as the new artistic director of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival and in 2014, Adam Fischer asked him to follow in his footsteps as Artistic Director of the Haydn Philharmonie, with whom he regularly performs at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Esterházy Festival and is touring both China and Japan this season.

Nicolas premieres new music and performs with composers like Thomas Ades, Jörg Widmann, Thomas Larcher, Matthias Pintscher, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Fazil Say. He has commissioned composers Sebastian Fagerlund and Helena Winkelman for new cello concertos.

Nicolas' recent recording of CPE Bach Concertos on Hyperion with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen received the BBC Music Magazine Concerto Award 2017. His last Recital CD with Fazil Say on Warner received the Edison Klassiek 2017.
Nicolas Altstaedt was a BBC New Generation Artist 2010-2012 and a recipient of the „Borletti Buitoni Trust Fellowship“ in 2009.