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MARTIN
HELMCHEN
PIANO

„Mr. Helmchen has a noble bearing and a noble sound, shaping lines as elegant and clean as a Greek temple’s.“
THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Biography

Martin Helmchen Piano

There are shooting stars who arrive on the concert scene like a bolt from the blue but then quickly disappear again. And there are musicians who gradually play their way into the limelight and at some point become an indispensable part of musical life. Winning the Clara Haskil Competition would normally have catapulted the 19-year-old Martin Helmchen to stardom in the classical world. The concert agencies and record companies proceeded slowly at first, however, and Martin Helmchen’s career developed gradually but steadily, for which he is extremely grateful in retrospect. “I had enough time and freedom to develop as an artist.”

Born in 1982, Martin Helmchen was the first student from the former West Berlin to attend the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Musikgymnasium, a school specializing in music, then studied at the Hanns Eisler School of Music with Galina Iwanzowa and in Hannover with the legendary Arie Vardi. Equipped with the virtuosic qualifications of the Russian school, Martin Helmchen developed his own musical approach and established himself among the elite of the piano world.

He appears with the leading orchestras in Boston and Chicago, London and Cleveland, Paris and Tokyo and with the major German radio orchestras. He reached the pinnacle in his debuts with the Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonics and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has collaborated regularly with such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Philippe Herreweghe, Vladimir Jurowski, the late Sir Neville Marriner, Andris Nelsons, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Michael Sanderling and, in particular, his long-time musical partner and supporter Christoph von Dohnányi.

Martin Helmchen is not a showman but rather impresses audiences with his “absolutely determined approach,” Christophe Huss wrote in the Canadian newspaper Le Devoir. “Helmchen is one of those artists who have an aesthetically and culturally well thought-out vision of a work, and their fingers precisely reflect every facet of this universe. Helmchen’s control over the tone, refined dynamics and rhythmic mastery leave one speechless.”

“Virtuosity is great fun for me,” he says. Yet he never succumbs to the temptation of impressing his audience primarily with speed and effect. A profound musical interpretation and linear subtlety are more important to him, and in the long run his unpretentious, expressive playing, which achieves a remarkable balance between intellect and intuition, is all the more captivating.

It is revealing that chamber music, the “most natural and most exhilarating form of music making”, is especially important to Martin Helmchen. He was particularly influenced in this genre by cellists Boris Pergamenschikow and Heinrich Schiff and performs regularly with Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Veronika Eberle, Julia Fischer, Antoine Tamestit, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Carolin Widmann, Juliane Banse and Matthias Goerne. He has been an associate professor at the Kronberg Academy since 2010.

Martin Helmchen’s CD recordings include piano concertos by Mozart, Schumann, Dvořák, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and George Benjamin as well as solo works and chamber music by Schubert, Schumann and Brahms, for the most part on the Pentatone label. Together with his wife, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, he is also active in the work of the Music Road Rwanda project, which was launched by his wife.

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Concerts

Fri 28.07.2017
Kammermusik: Marvao - Trio

Igreja de São Tiago, Portugal

Joseph Haydn: Klaviertrio C-Dur, Hob. XV:27
Zoltán Kodály: Duo für Violine und Violoncello op. 7
Interval
Toru Takemitsu: Between Tides (1993) für Klaviertrio
Johannes Brahms: Klaviertrio Nr. 3 c-Moll op. 101 (1886)

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Augustin Hadelich

Sun 30.07.2017
Kammermusik: Marvao - Duo

Igreja de São Tiago, Portugal

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonate für Viola da gamba (Cello) und Cembalo Nr. 2 D-Dur BWV 1028
Ludwig van Beethoven: 12 Variationen F-Dur op. 66 über ''Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen'' aus Mozarts Zauberflöte
Igor Strawinsky: Suite italienne für Violoncello und Klavier (1932)

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker

Wed 09.08.2017
Kammermusik: Aspen H3

Aspen Music Festival, United States

Joseph Haydn: Klaviertrio C-Dur, Hob. XV:27
Zoltán Kodály: Duo für Violine und Violoncello op. 7
Interval
Toru Takemitsu: Between Tides (1993) für Klaviertrio
Johannes Brahms: Klaviertrio Nr. 3 c-Moll op. 101 (1886)

Augustin Hadelich, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Martin Helmchen

Fri 11.08.2017
Aspen

Aspen Music Festival, United States

Ludwig van Beethoven: Klavierkonzert Nr. 4 G-Dur op. 58

Aspen Chamber Orchestra

Hans Graf

Sat 19.08.2017
Kammermusik: Grafenegg

Schloss Grafenegg, Austria

Sergej Rachmaninoff: Etudes tableaux op. 39 Nr. 1-9 (1917), 1. c-Moll: Allegro agitato, 7. c-Moll: Lento
Robert Schumann: Klavierquintett Es-Dur op. 44 (1842)

Brahms Ensemble

Sat 26.08.2017
Kammermusik: Bogotá

Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Colombia

Lili Boulanger: D'un matin du printemps (1918)
Johannes Brahms: Klaviertrio Nr. 2 C-Dur op. 87 (1882)
Maurice Ravel: Klaviertrio a-Moll (1914)

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Carolin Widmann

Mon 28.08.2017
Kammermusik: Buenos Aires

Teatro Colón, Argentina

Lili Boulanger: D'un matin du printemps (1918)
Johannes Brahms: Klaviertrio Nr. 2 C-Dur op. 87 (1882)
Maurice Ravel: Klaviertrio a-Moll (1914)

Wed 30.08.2017
Kammermusik: Buenos Aires

Teatro Colón, Argentina

Lili Boulanger: D'un matin du printemps (1918)
Johannes Brahms: Klaviertrio Nr. 2 C-Dur op. 87 (1882)
Maurice Ravel: Klaviertrio a-Moll (1914)

Fri 01.09.2017
Kammermusik: Montevideo

Teatro Solis, Uruguay

Lili Boulanger: D'un matin du printemps (1918)
Johannes Brahms: Klaviertrio Nr. 2 C-Dur op. 87 (1882)
Maurice Ravel: Klaviertrio a-Moll (1914)

Thu 28.09.2017
Kammermusik: Bremen

Sendesaal Bremen, Germany

Juliane Banse

Thu 12.10.2017
Brüssel

Bloody Louis, Belgium

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierkonzert Nr. 25 C-Dur KV 503

Orchestre National de Belgique

Hugh Wolff

Fri 13.10.2017
Eupen

Jünglingshaus Eupen, Belgium

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierkonzert Nr. 25 C-Dur KV 503

Orchestre National de Belgique

Hugh Wolff

Fri 20.10.2017
Kammermusik: Freinsheim

Von-Busch-Hof "Konzertant" e.V., Germany

Joseph Haydn: Klaviertrio C-Dur, Hob. XV:27
Franz Schubert: Sonate für Arpeggione (Violoncello) und Klavier a-Moll D 821 (1824)
Interval
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Klaviertrio Nr. 2 c-Moll op. 66 (1845)

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Antje Weithaas

Sun 22.10.2017
Kammermusik: Paris

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, France

Joseph Haydn: Klaviertrio C-Dur, Hob. XV:27
Franz Schubert: Sonate für Arpeggione (Violoncello) und Klavier a-Moll D 821 (1824)
Interval
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Klaviertrio Nr. 2 c-Moll op. 66 (1845)

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Antje Weithaas

Sat 04.11.2017
Wien

Musikverein Wien, Austria

Johannes Brahms: Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 2 B-Dur op. 83

Wiener Symphoniker

Tomas Netopil

Sun 05.11.2017
Wien

Musikverein Wien, Austria

Johannes Brahms: Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 2 B-Dur op. 83

Wiener Symphoniker

Tomas Netopil

Thu 16.11.2017
Boston

Symphony Hall, United States

Ludwig van Beethoven: Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 c-Moll op. 37

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Christoph von Dohnányi

Fri 17.11.2017
Boston

Symphony Hall, United States

Ludwig van Beethoven: Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 c-Moll op. 37

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Christoph von Dohnányi

Sat 18.11.2017
Boston

Symphony Hall, United States

Ludwig van Beethoven: Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 c-Moll op. 37

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Christoph von Dohnányi

Sat 25.11.2017
Rezital: Stadthagen

Schloss Stadthagen, Germany

Robert Schumann: Novelletten für Klavier op. 21, I Markiert und kräftig, II Äußerst rasch und mit Bravour, V Rauschend und festlich, VIII Sehr lebhaft
Interval
Ludwig van Beethoven: Diabelli Variationen op. 120 (1819-23)

Tue 28.11.2017
Rezital: Padua

Auditorium C. Pollini Padova, Italy

Robert Schumann: Novelletten für Klavier op. 21, I Markiert und kräftig, II Äußerst rasch und mit Bravour, V Rauschend und festlich, VIII Sehr lebhaft
Interval
Ludwig van Beethoven: Diabelli Variationen op. 120 (1819-23)

Fri 01.12.2017
Rezital: Bonn

Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Germany

Robert Schumann: Novelletten für Klavier op. 21, I Markiert und kräftig, II Äußerst rasch und mit Bravour, V Rauschend und festlich, VIII Sehr lebhaft
Interval
Ludwig van Beethoven: Diabelli Variationen op. 120 (1819-23)

Sun 03.12.2017
Rezital: Montréal

Pollack Hall, Canada

Robert Schumann: Novelletten für Klavier op. 21, I Markiert und kräftig, II Äußerst rasch und mit Bravour, V Rauschend und festlich, VIII Sehr lebhaft
Interval
Ludwig van Beethoven: Diabelli Variationen op. 120 (1819-23)

Wed 06.12.2017
Birmingham

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, United Kingdom

Johannes Brahms: Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 2 B-Dur op. 83

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Vedernikov

Thu 07.12.2017
Birmingham

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, United Kingdom

Johannes Brahms: Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 2 B-Dur op. 83

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Vedernikov

Fri 15.12.2017
Dresden

Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (Semperoper), Germany

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierkonzert Nr. 25 C-Dur KV 503

Sächsische Staatkapelle Dresden

Herbert Blomstedt

Sat 16.12.2017
Dresden

Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (Semperoper), Germany

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierkonzert Nr. 25 C-Dur KV 503

Sächsische Staatkapelle Dresden

Herbert Blomstedt

Video

Martin Helmchen & Orchestra

Beethoven – Concerto pour piano n°3, Premier mouvement
Martin Helmchen

Martin Helmchen Recital

Verbier Festival:
Martin Helmchen plays Liszt and Beethoven

Discography

Beethoven Triple Concerto / Symphony No.5

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Isabelle Faust, violin
Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello
Martin Helmchen, piano

Ludwig von Beethoven
Concerto for Pianoforte, Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra C major op. 56 “Tripel Concerto”

Symphony No.5 C minor op.67

accentus music ACC20411
DVD Released: 2017

Johannes Brahms,
Cello Sonatas
CD Cover

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker – cello
Martin Helmchen – piano

Cello Sonata No.1 in e minor, OP.38
Cello Sonata No.2 in f major, OP.99
Alpha Classics
Released: 2016

Vincent d’ Indy,
Camille Saint- Saens,
Ernest Chausson
CD Cover

Martin Helmchen – piano
Orchestra de la Suisse Romande
Marek Janowski – conductor

Vincent d’Indy, Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français
Camille Saint- Saens, Symphony No. 2 in A minor Op. 55 (1859)
Ernest Chausson, Soir de fête 14. 42 & Symphonic poem Op. 32

PTC 5186 357
Released: 01.09.2011

Felix Mendelssohn
The Piano Concertos & Rondo brilliant, Op.29
CD Cover

Martin Helmchen – piano
Royal Flemish Philharmonic
Philippe Herreweghe – conductor

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40
Rondo brilliant, Op.29

PTC 5186 366
Released: 01.09.2010

Franz Schubert,
Complete Works for violin and piano Vol. II
CD Cover

Julia Fischer – violin/ piano
Martin Helmchen – piano

Sonata for Violin and Piano in A, D.574 “Duo”
Fantasia in C, for Violin and Piano D.934
Fantasy in F minor, D. 940 (Op.103)

PTC 5186 348
Released: 01.04.2010

Robert Schumann,
Antonín Dvorák
CD Cover

Martin Helmchen – piano
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
Marc Albrecht – conductor

Robert Schumann, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54
Antonín Dvorák Piano Concerto in G minor, Op.33

PTC 5186 333
Released: 01.10.2009

Franz Schubert,
Complete Works for violin and piano Vol. I
CD Cover

Julia Fischer – violin
Martin Helmchen – piano

Sonata (Sonatina) for Violin and Piano No.1 in D, D.384
Sonata (Sonatina) for Violin and Piano No.2 in A minor, D.385
Sonata (Sonatina) for Violin and Piano No.3 in G minor, D.408
Rondo for Violin and Piano in B minor “Rondo Brillant”, D.895

PTC 5186 347
Released: 01.08.2009

Franz Schubert,
Piano Quintet in A, D.667
“The Trout”
CD Cover

Martin Helmchen – piano
Christian Tetzlaff – violin
Antoine Tamestit – viola
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker – violoncello

Piano Quintet in A, D.667 – “The Trout”
Variations on “Trockne Blumen” for Flute and Piano, D.802
Adagio in E flat, Op. posth. 148 D.897 “Notturno”

PTC 5186 334
Released: 01.03.2009

Johannes Brahms, Sonatas & Trio
CD Cover

Sharon Kam – clarinet
Martin Helmchen – piano
Gustav Rivinius – violoncello

Sonata for clarinet and piano in f minor op. 120, No. 1
Sonata for clarinet and piano in E flat major op. 120, No. 2
Trio for piano, clarinet and violoncello in a minor op.114

Berlin Classics 0016382 BC
Released: 2009

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