is Professor of Violin at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany. Previously, she was Professor of Violin at Musikhochschule Detmold and a Concertmaster of the Bamberg Symphony.
A member of the Tetzlaff String Quartet since its inception in 1992, Elisabeth Kufferath has performed on the stages of some of the most auspicious halls in Europe and the United States, including Philharmonie Hall in Berlin, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. In 2015, the Tetzlaff Quartet was awarded a Diaspon d'Or de l'année for their recording of string quartets by Berg and Mendelssohn.
Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung writes: "Elisabeth Kufferath's brilliance is manifest in the fact that she is one with her instrument. She is the absolute master of both modern compositional technique and classical style ... She brings the emotions implicit in the music to life by binding the compositional structure with her expressively powerful virtuosity."
Elisabeth Kufferath has appeared as soloist with the WDR-Symphony Orchestra Cologne under the direction of Heinz Holliger, Oriol Berlin led by Marcus Creed, the Munich Chamber Orchestra with conductor Christoph Poppen, World Youth Symphony Orchestra and Gerard Schwarz, as well as the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, musica assoluta Hannover and Kammerakademie Potsdam. She has recorded for the cpo, Wergo, Avi and Ondine Labels.
Elisabeth Kufferath's chamber music partners include Lars Vogt, Isabelle van Keulen, Tabea Zimmermann, Isabelle Faust and Adrian Brendel. Ms. Kufferath is regularly invited to perform at Berliner Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, "Spannungen" Heimbach, Helsinki Festival, Lucerne Festival and Schubertiade Schwarzenberg.
Elisabeth Kufferath’s repertoire is highlighted by contemporary works. Active as a violinist and violist, Ms. Kufferath plays both the violin Sequenza (VIII) and the viola Sequenza (VI) by Luciano Berio, the sonata for Viola solo by Ligeti and Kurtag's Cycle "Signs, Games and Messages". She has collaboraed with composers Moritz Eggert, Manfred Trojahn, George Lentz and Jörg Widmann. At the Feldkirch Festival, Ms. Kufferath gave the world premiere of Jan Müller-Wieland's "Himmelfahrt", a work for solo viola written for and dedicated to her. She also gave the German premier of Elliott Carter's Figment IV for viola.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Elisabeth Kufferath received degrees from the Musikhochschule Lübeck, where she studied with Uwe-Martin Haiberg and Nora Chastain, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a scholarship student of Donald Weilerstein. Her violin and viola were both made by Stefan-Peter Greiner in Germany.