Christian Poltéra was born in Zurich in 1977. He was a pupil of Nancy Chumachenco and Boris Pergamenschikow before studying with Heinrich Schiff in Salzburg and Vienna.
As a soloist he has given concerts with numerous leading orchestras including the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Vienna, Bamberg and Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestras, NDR, the Oslo Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Northern Sinfonia, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino, the Orquesta Nacional de Espana and the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome. Chamber music projects have brought him together with Christian Tetzlaff, Gidon Kremer, Leonidas Kavakos, Mitsuko Uchida, Julius Drake, Lars Vogt and Leif Ove Andsnes as well as with the Artemis, Auryn, Guarneri and Zehetmair Quartets. He works regularly with the pianists Kathryn Stott and Polina Leschenko.
His recent engagements included performances with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under Riccardo Chailly; a tour with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden; performances with the Berlin, Basel, Lucerne, Malmö and Stavanger Symphony Orchestras, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic , the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall New York.
From 2004-2006 Christian Poltéra has been a BBC New Generation Artist.
In 2004 he received a Borletti-Buitoni Award.
During the 2006/7 season Christian Poltera is the Palais des Beaux Arts` candidate for the ECHO Rising star series. Together with Polina Leschenko, he will appear throughout Europe, including Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Paris, Stockholm, Athens, Brussels as well as at Carnegie Hall, New York.
In November 2007, Christian Poltera will perform with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Antoine Tamestit during a concert tour in Europe. His recordings on CD, which include cello concertos by Antonin Dvorak, Ernst Toch, Frank Martin, Arthur Honegger and Othmar Schoeck aswell as chamber works, appear on the BIS, EMI, Chandos, Naxos, SIMAX, pan classics, TACET and avanticlassic labels.