Thomas Pietsch

Violin, Baroque violin

Thomas Pietsch plays Johann Sebastian Bachs Chaconne

Thomas Pietsch was already playing violins from various periods as a pupil and later as a student at Hamburger School of Music. In 1980, he founded the Sanssouci Ensemble Hamburg (now the Jupiter Ensemble Hamburg), with which he went beyond the well-known repertoire to also play unpublished works from the 17th and 18th Centuries.

Encouraged by the Telemann researcher, Karl Grebe, who bequeathed him his musicological estate, Thomas Pietsch also became a publisher of Telemann's works.
Record recordings, productions with almost all the radio stations in Germany and some from other countries, also making live recordings right from the start.
From 1981 to 1986, Thomas Pietsch was Leader of Camerata Accademica Hamburg directed by Jürgen Jürgens, which performed concerts around the world with the Monteverdi Choir Hamburg.
Since 1986, Thomas Pietsch has also been Leader of the Cappella Filarmonica Hamburg, an orchestra using instruments from the 18th Century which he also founded.
With his duo partners, Bob van Asperen (cembalo) and Richard Fuller (fortepiano), Thomas Pietsch genuinely performs the entire repertoire.
He also often plays concerts with Edith Picht-Axenfeld on the fortepiano. He performed all the Beethoven sonatas with her in Zurich, for example. He has often played all the sonatas and partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach in a cycle on two evenings in various locations.

Thomas Pietsch has regularly been invited to festivals - e.g., Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Thüringen Bach Weeks, Magdeburg Telemann Days etc.
He has performed concerts in the USA, Israel, Holland, Spain, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Argentina and in most European countries.
Thomas Pietsch has been teaching Baroque violin at the Conservatory in Frankfurt since 1991.