KD SCHMID Martin Helmchen

Soloist

Martin Helmchen

Piano

Biography – about the artist.

Martin Helmchen has established himself as one of today’s most in-demand and sought after pianists. The originality and intensity of his interpretations, alongside his excellent tonal sensitivity and technical abilities characterize him. Born in Berlin in 1982 and a former student of Galina Iwanzowa, Helmchen continued his studies with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. His other mentors include William Grant Naboré and Alfred Brendel. His career gained incredible momentum when he won the „Concours Clara Haskil“ in 2001.

Early on he performed with the world’s most renowned orchestras such as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and New York Philharmonic as well as Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Wiener Symphoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, and Orchestre de Paris. In Scandinavia he appears regularly with the Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. He enjoyed collaborations with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Manfred Honeck, Andris Nelsons, Jakub Hrůša, Valery Gergiev, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Andrew Manze, Kazuki Yamada, Christoph von Dohnányi, Edward Gardner, Bernhard Haitink, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Michael Sanderling und David Zinman.


Highlights of this season include his return to the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, followed by guest performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic as well as with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo.

Being an avid chamber musician Helmchen regularly performs with fellow artists such as his wife cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Julian Prégardien, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Carolin Widmann, and Frank Peter Zimmermann. This season, Helmchen continues his great Beethoven cycle with violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann which they tour to Munich, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Monte-Carlo, Neumarkt, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Luxembourg.

Martin Helmchen is an exclusive artist of Alpha Classics. In light of the Beethoven anniversary he has recorded all piano concertos together with the Deutsche Symphonieorchester under the baton of Andrew Manze which will all be released in 2020. In 2019 he released Messiaen’s “Vingt regards sur l’enfant- Jésus“. Further recordings include Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, chamber music by Schubert with Marie-Elisabeth Hecker and Antje Weithaas as well as a Brahms’ duo CD with Marie-Elisabeth Hecker. He previously recorded several discs with PentaTone Classics, including piano concertos by Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn as well as chamber music by Schubert, Schumann and Brahms.

Since 2010, Martin Helmchen has been an Associate Professor of chamber music at the Kronberg Academy. 

SEASON 2020/2021


Chamber Music Projects.

Helmchen – Hecker – Weithaas

Many years of collaboration between three top-class soloists Martin Helmchen, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker and Antje Weithaas with a love for chamber music. In 2020/21: tour in February 2021 with works by Schubert, Schumann,...
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The next dates:

31.10.2020

Schloss Elmau

Elmau

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23.11.2020

Philharmonie Berlin

Berlin

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26.11.2020

Kulturhaus Reitstadel

Neumarkt

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26.11.2020

Kulturhaus Reitstadel

Neumarkt

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27.11.2020

Kulturhaus Reitstadel

Neumarkt

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27.11.2020

Kulturhaus Reitstadel

Neumarkt

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29.11.2020

Lehmbruck Museum

Duisburg

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29.11.2020

Tonhalle Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf

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06.12.2020

Prinzregententheater

München

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08.12.2020

Philharmonie Berlin

Berlin

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10.12.2020

Philharmonie Luxembourg

Luxembourg

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12.12.2020

Konserthuset Stockholm

Stockholm

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13.12.2020

Auditorium Rainier III

Monte Carlo

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17.12.2020

Kölner Philharmonie

Köln

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31.12.2020

Konzerthaus Berlin

Berlin

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01.01.2021

Konzerthaus Berlin

Berlin

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16.01.2021

Erlanger Musikinstitut e.V.

Erlangen

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16.01.2021

Erlanger Musikinstitut e.V.

Erlangen

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17.01.2021

Festsaal Waldorfschule Wangen

Wangen

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19.01.2021

Konzerthaus Berlin

Berlin

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26.01.2021

Konzert- und Kongresshalle Bamberg

Bamberg

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21.02.2021

Konzerthaus Dortmund

Dortmund

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24.02.2021

Wigmore Hall

London

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07.03.2021

Philharmonie Berlin

Berlin

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12.03.2021

DR Koncerthuset / DR Concert Hall

Copenhagen

15.03.2021

Elbphilharmonie

Hamburg

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Your contact persons:

General Management:

Sophia Herz-Grevesmühl

+49 30 5213 702-28

sophia.herz-grevesmuehl@kdschmid.de

UK, Nordic, Australia, New Zealand:

Susanne Büttner

+44 20 7395 09-31

susanne.buettner@kdschmid.co.uk

Jan-Christian Nauck

Senior Artist Coordinator

+49 511 36607-22

jan-christian.nauck@kdschmid.de

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Discography.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3 & Triple Concerto

Mit dem Dirigenten Andrew Manze und dem Deutschen Symphonie Orchester Berlin

10.2020, Alpha Classics, CD

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Beethoven

The Violin Sonatas

09.2020, BIS records, CD

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Beethoven

Piano Concertos No 2 & 5 “Emperor”

11.2019, Alpha, CD

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Messiaen

Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus

03.2019, Alpha, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Beethoven: Klavier Konzerte Nr. 1 & 4

Mit dem Dirigenten Andrew Manze und dem Deutschen Symphonie Orchester Berlin

, Alpha Classics, CD

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News.

Gramophone Classical Music Award 2020

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Beethoven Sonatas Vol. I

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Great reviews for Dorothee Mields and Martin Helmchen in BBC Music Magazine

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Free Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker offers also performances of KD SCHMID artists

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New recordings from Martin Helmchen and of a work by Fazıl Say

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Martin Helmchen's recordings receive high praise

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Martin Helmchen and the Dresdner Festspielorchester in Essen

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Press.

„Et, par-dessus tout, une conception quasi irréelle du poids des notes, nombre d’entre elles allégées en une sorte de duvet musical, certaines attaques et transitions venant d’un autre monde. Ce fut tellement invraisemblable que c’en est indescriptible... Martin Helmchen capture l’éther et le fait enter en résonance naturelle. Tout ce que je sais, c’est que j’ai entendu le Concerto de Schumann de ma vie. La case est cochée.“

Le Devoir, Christophe Huss, 30.11.2018

„But nothing disconcerts the glorious, unshowy German pianist 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, Geoff Brown, (about Diabelli Variationen CD), 26.01.2018

„His performance was in many ways exemplary, particularly in the slow movement, where his timid responses to the stern phrases from the orchestra seemed to reach us from some infinitely sad, distant place.“

The Telegraph, Ivan Hewett, 24.06.2016

„Martin Helmchen essayed the sort of playing that delights in itself – crisp, clear, dynamic, with a range of touch – and also at-one with the music, with no need to make points but with plenty of personality and many musical insights.“

Classical Source, Colin Anderson, 05.05.2016