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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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Martin Helmchen Piano

Nothing disconcerts the glorious, unshowy Martin Helmchen — the kind of performer who lifts his audiences up to heaven just by penetrating inside his music with nimble fingers, questing intelligence and a beating heart.”

The Times

Martin Helmchen has established himself as one of the prominent exceptional pianists of the younger generation. He performs with such orchestras as Berliner Philharmoniker under Herbert Blomstedt, Wiener Philharmoniker under Valery Gergiev, London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, City of Birmigham Symphony Orchestra and Boston Symphony under Andris Nelsons and New York Philharmonic under Christoph von Dohnányi.

He also enjoys collaborations with conductors such as David Afkham, Marc Albrecht, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, Paavo Järvi, Emmanuel Krivine, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Christoph Poppen, Michael Sanderling and David Zinman.

His quest for exploring all facets of music-making is born in his passion for chamber music – which was largely ignited in early collaborations with the late cellist Boris Pergamenschikow. Helmchen‘s chamber music partners have included Juliane Banse, Matthias Goerne, Veronika Eberle, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Carolin Widmann and Frank Peter Zimmermann. He is a regular guest to London’s Wigmore Hall.

Scandinavia is a focus of his 2018/19 season, which includes his debut with Oslo Philharmonic, plus returns to the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Elsewhere, he debuts with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai / Italy and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. Helmchen continues his close cooperation with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin under Andrew Manze, and also returns to the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

He furthermore embarks on his Beethoven Cycle project with Frank Peter Zimmermann, which will span into 2019/2020, and features the duo in London, Berlin, Dresden, Freiburg, Warsaw, Madrid and Bilbao. To round off the season, he will additionally tour with Sabine Meyer and wind ensemble.

Martin Helmchen is an exclusive artist of Alpha Classics. Last year he released a solo CD of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, a CD of Schumann’s chamber music featuring Marie-Elisabeth Hecker and Antje Weithaas, and a Duo CD of Brahms featuring Marie-Elisabeth Hecker. He has recorded numerous CDs for Pentatone Classics, which include piano concertos by Mozart, Schumann and Mendelssohn, as well as chamber music by Schubert, Schumann and Brahms.

Born in Berlin in 1982 and a former student of Galina Iwanzowa in Berlin, Helmchen continued his studies with Arie Vardie at the Hochschule für Musik Hannover. His other mentors include William Grant Naboré and Alfred Brendel. In 2001 he won the “Concours Clara Haskil” and in 2006 he was awarded the “Credit Suisse Young Artist Award”. Since 2010, Martin Helmchen has been an Associate Professor of chamber music at the Kronberg Academy.

Season 2019/2020

Press

Concerts

Wed 29.09.2021
Kammermusik: Kronberg

Johanniskirche Kronberg, Germany

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Stephen Waarts

Fri 08.10.2021
Rezital: Bramsche

Kloster Malgarten, Germany

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 3 a-Moll BWV 827
Franz Schubert: Klaviersonate A-Dur D 959 (1828)

Fri 08.10.2021
Rezital: Bramsche

Kloster Malgarten, Germany

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 3 a-Moll BWV 827
Franz Schubert: Klaviersonate A-Dur D 959 (1828)

Sun 17.10.2021
Frankfurt

Alte Oper Frankfurt, Germany

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 1 g-Moll op. 25

Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester

Kazuki Yamada

Martin Helmchen

Mon 18.10.2021
Frankfurt

Alte Oper Frankfurt, Germany

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 1 g-Moll op. 25

Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester

Kazuki Yamada

Martin Helmchen

Wed 20.10.2021
Kammermusik: Aschaffenburg

Stadttheater Aschaffenburg, Germany

Franz Schubert: Auf dem Strom D 943 op. posth. 19
Franz Schubert: Schwanengesang D 957 - 13 Lieder nach Gedichten von Rellstab und Heine
Franz Schubert: "Schwanengesang" op. 23/3 D 744 (J. Chr. Senn)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Klaviersonate Nr. 14 cis-Moll op. 27/2 ("Mondschein-Sonate")
Gregor A. Mayrhofer: "Nachklänge Beethovenscher Musik" für Tenor, Violoncello und Klavier

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Julian Prégardien

Fri 22.10.2021
Rezital: Amsterdam

Muziekgebouw aan't IJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate für Klavier und Violine Nr. 8 G-Dur op. 30/3 (1802)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate für Klavier und Violine Nr. 9 A-Dur op. 47 (1802-03) ("Kreutzer-Sonate")
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate für Klavier und Violine Nr. 10 G-Dur op. 96 (1812) Erzherzogssonate

Frank-Peter Zimmermann

Sun 24.10.2021
Rezital: Prag

Rudolfinum, Czech Republic

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate für Klavier und Violine Nr. 8 G-Dur op. 30/3 (1802)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate für Klavier und Violine Nr. 9 A-Dur op. 47 (1802-03) ("Kreutzer-Sonate")
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate für Klavier und Violine Nr. 10 G-Dur op. 96 (1812) Erzherzogssonate

Frank-Peter Zimmermann

Mon 25.10.2021
Kammermusik: Schwetzingen

Schwetzinger Schloss, Germany

Julian Prégardien, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker

Wed 27.10.2021
Rezital: London

Wigmore Hall, United Kingdom

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate für Klavier und Violine Nr. 8 G-Dur op. 30/3 (1802)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate für Klavier und Violine Nr. 9 A-Dur op. 47 (1802-03) ("Kreutzer-Sonate")
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate für Klavier und Violine Nr. 10 G-Dur op. 96 (1812) Erzherzogssonate

Frank-Peter Zimmermann

Sun 31.10.2021
Rezital: München

Prinzregententheater, Germany

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate für Klavier und Violine Nr. 8 G-Dur op. 30/3 (1802)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate für Klavier und Violine Nr. 9 A-Dur op. 47 (1802-03) ("Kreutzer-Sonate")
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate für Klavier und Violine Nr. 10 G-Dur op. 96 (1812) Erzherzogssonate

Frank-Peter Zimmermann

Sat 06.11.2021
Rezital: Rom

Aula Magna dell'Università la Sapienza Roma, Italy

Fri 12.11.2021
Rezital: Olpe

Stadthalle Olpe, Germany

Sat 13.11.2021
Rezital: Freinsheim

Von-Busch-Hof Freinsheim, Germany

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 1 B-Dur BWV 825
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 3 a-Moll BWV 827
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 5 G-Dur BWV 829
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 2 c-Moll BWV 826
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 4 D-Dur BWV 828
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 6 e-Moll BWV 830

Sat 27.11.2021
Rezital: Montréal Bach

St. James United Church, Canada

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 1 B-Dur BWV 825
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 3 a-Moll BWV 827
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 5 G-Dur BWV 829
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 2 c-Moll BWV 826
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 4 D-Dur BWV 828
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 6 e-Moll BWV 830

Mon 06.12.2021
Rezital: Berlin

Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 1 B-Dur BWV 825
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 4 D-Dur BWV 828
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita Nr. 6 e-Moll BWV 830

Fri 10.12.2021
Bielefeld

Rudolf-Oetker-Halle Bielefeld, Germany

Béla Bartók: Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 3 Sz 119 (1945)

Bielefelder Philharmoniker

Sun 12.12.2021
Bielefeld

Rudolf-Oetker-Halle Bielefeld, Germany

Béla Bartók: Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 3 Sz 119 (1945)

Bielefelder Philharmoniker

Fri 17.12.2021
Paris

Philharmonie de Paris - Cité de la musique, France

Johann Sebastian Bach: Konzert für Cembalo/Klavier, Streicher & B.c. Nr. 5 f-Moll BWV 1056
00 Platzhalter: Platzhalter für noch nicht eingegebene Werke
Johann Sebastian Bach: Konzert für 2 Klaviere (Cembali), Streicher und Basso continuo c-Moll BWV 1060
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00 Platzhalter: Platzhalter für noch nicht eingegebene Werke
Johann Sebastian Bach: Konzert für 4 Klaviere (Cembali), Streicher und Basso continuo a-Moll BWV 1065

Orchestre de chambre de Paris

Lars Vogt

Wed 12.01.2022
Luzern

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern - KKL, Switzerland

Thu 13.01.2022
Luzern

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern - KKL, Switzerland

Sat 15.01.2022
Kammermusik: Bensheim

Parktheater Bensheim, Germany

Dmitrij Schostakowitsch: Klaviertrio Nr. 1 in C op. 8 (1923)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klaviertrio E-Dur KV 542
Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke op. 88 für Klavier, Violine und Violoncello
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Antonin Dvořák: Klaviertrio Nr. 3 f-Moll op. 65 (1883)

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Antje Weithaas

Mon 17.01.2022
Kammermusik: Celle

Schlosstheater Celle, Germany

Dmitrij Schostakowitsch: Klaviertrio Nr. 1 in C op. 8 (1923)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klaviertrio E-Dur KV 542
Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke op. 88 für Klavier, Violine und Violoncello
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Antonin Dvořák: Klaviertrio Nr. 3 f-Moll op. 65 (1883)

Thu 27.01.2022
Monte Carlo

Auditorium Rainier III, Monaco

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierkonzert Nr. 17 G-Dur KV 453

Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo

Gábor Takács-Nagy

Sun 30.01.2022
Monte Carlo

Auditorium Rainier III, Monaco

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quintett Es-Dur für Klavier, Oboe, Klarinette, Horn und Fagott KV 452
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Auszüge aus der Gran Partita (Serenade Nr. 10 in B-Dur) KV 361 für Holzbläser

Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo

Kazuki Yamada

Martin Helmchen

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

Piano Concertos 1 & 4

06.2020, Alpha, CD

Beethoven

Piano Concertos 2 & 5 “Emperor”

11.2019, Alpha, CD

Messiaen

Messiaen

Vingt Regards Sur L’Enfant Jésus

Beethoven Diabelli Variationen

Ludwig van Beethoven

Diabelli Variations in C Major, op.120

Alpha-Classics.com
Released: 2017

Schubert Arpeggione Sonata Trio No.2

Antje Weithaas, violin
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, violoncello
Martin Helmchen, piano

Piano Trio No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 100, D. 929
Arpeggione Sonata, D. 821


Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France
Released: October 2017

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierkonzerte Nr. 15 & 27

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gordan Nikolic

Released: 19 November 2013

Robert Schumann

Symphonische Etüden Op.13/Arabesque/Waldszenen

Released: 06 November 2012

Live at Verbier Festival – DVD

Beethoven, Bach, Liszt

Released: 18 August 2012

Recherchen

Vom Suchen und Finden der Musik

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

Released: 01 December 2011

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

Dmitri Shostakovitch

Klavierkonzerte 1+2/Klavierquintett

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski

Released: 01 May 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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concertos Nos. 13 & 24

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gordan Nikolic

Released: 01 August 2007

Franz Schubert

Klaviersonate d 959/6 Moments Musicaux d 780

Released: 2007

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