I attended a recent concert at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Phil. Soloing that night was Christian Tetzlaff playing Shostakovich 1. As some of you may know, there was a change to the original program that night due to Esa Pekka Salonen's health (he pulled out at the last minute due to back problems). Originally Tetzlaff was to perform the Szymanowski which I would have loved to hear. Perhaps another time.
In any case Tetzlaff played with the music on a stand— but the truly noteable thing was that he had a second bow resting on the shelf below the music. Sure enough, he switched bows between the 2nd and 3rd movement, and then switched again between the 3rd and the 4th. I've actually been fortunate enough to see him perform several times over the past few years, but never saw him switch bows during a performance. In fact I've never known anyone to do so in the middle of a piece.
Do any of you out there know what bows he actually performs with? I know he endorses Arcus, but does he really play with them? Do any of you have any idea why he switched bows? Here is a picture that accompanied a NYT review. I'll also try to attach a link to the review.
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