Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt won the Borletti Buitoni Trust Fellowship and the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award 2010, as part of which he performed Schumann's Cello Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel at the Lucerne Festival. Last year Gidon Kremer chose him as his successor as artistic director of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival. An artist of the Chamber Music Society and a former member of CMS Two, he is a BBC New Generation Artist, which enables him to perform with all BBC orchestras, as well as at the UK's most prestigious festivals and concert halls. Highlights of past and upcoming seasons include concerts with the Tonhalle Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, and Kremerata Baltica, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, the Munich, Zurich, and Stuttgart chamber orchestras, the Czech Philharmonic, the Melbourne and New Zealand symphony orchestras, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, Stuttgart, and Helsinki as well as the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner, Neeme Järvi, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Fedosseev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and David Zinman. His two most recent recordings--of the Haydn concertos with the Potsdamer Kammerakademie and concertos by Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Gulda--were highly acclaimed worldwide. Born into a family of German and French descent, Mr. Altstaedt was one of Boris Pergamenschikow's last students in Berlin, where he has continued his studies with Eberhard Feltz. He plays a cello by Nicolas Lupot (Paris, 1821) loaned to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.