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, characterised by the originality and intensity of his interpretations, alongside his excellent tonal sensitivity and technical abilities. In 2020 he was awarded the prestigious Gramophone Music Award for his recording Ludwig van Beethoven's complete piano concertos with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Andrew Manze, released by Alpha Classics. In the 2021/22 season Martin Helmchen is Artist-in-Residence with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo.

From early on in his career Helmchen has performed with the world’s most renowned orchestras such as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, 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 enjoys collaborations with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Manfred Honeck, Bernhard Haitink, Jakub Hrůša, Valery Gergiev, Klaus Mäkelä, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Andris Nelsons, Andrew Manze, Kazuki Yamada, Christoph von Dohnányi, Sakari Oramo, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Michael Sanderling and David Zinman.


Chamber music has a special significance for Helmchen - a passion for which Boris Pergamenschikow provided the essential impetus. Close chamber music partners include his wife Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Julian Prégardien, Antje Weithaas and Carolin Widmann.

Highlights of the 2021/22 season include concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Dresden Festival Orchestra. He will give recitals at the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Philharmonie Essen, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Musikverein Bamberg, the BASF Gesellschaftshaus, the Schwetzingen Festival and Monte-Carlo. With his wife Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Martin Helmchen has commissioned a double concerto for violoncello and piano written by York Höller which they will premiere at the Ruhr Piano Festival in June 2022. Flanked by a complete recording of all sonatas for piano and violin on BIS Records, released in 2021, he will continue the great Beethoven cycle together with Frank Peter Zimmermann this season with concerts in Munich, London, Amsterdam and Prague. Duo concerts with Marie-Elisabeth Hecker are planned in Lucerne, at the Dresden Music Festival and in Genoa.

Martin Helmchen is an exclusive artist with Alpha Classics. His recording of Carl Maria von Weber's Concert Piece with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under Christoph Eschenbach was released in May 2021. His past releases have included Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Messiaen's Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus, and a duo album with Marie-Elisabeth Hecker of Schumann and Brahms works.  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. Other mentors include William Grant Naboré and Alfred Brendel. His career gained incredible momentum when he won the “Concours Clara Haskil” in 2001. Since 2010, Martin Helmchen has been an Associate Professor of chamber music at the Kronberg Academy.

SEASON 2021/2022


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 2021/22: tour in January 2022. "The trio Helmchen, Weithaas,...
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Orchestra.

Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

The cellist Julia Hagen was born into a family of musicians in Salzburg. After studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, she continued her education in Vienna at the age of 16 at the Musikhochschule with Heinrich...

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Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

The cellist Julia Hagen was born into a family of musicians in Salzburg. After studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, she continued her education in Vienna at the age of 16 at the Musikhochschule with Heinrich...

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Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

Andrew Manze and Martin Helmchen have been working together artistically for many years. They have made a lot of music together and have recorded the Beethoven piano concertos, among others. Founded in 1841, the...

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Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

Andrew Manze and Martin Helmchen have been working together artistically for many years. They have made a lot of music together and have recorded the Beethoven piano concertos, among others. Founded in 1841, the...

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The next dates:

07.07.2022

Regentenbau Bad Kissingen

Bad Kissingen

20.07.2022

Aspen Music Festival

Aspen

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25.07.2022

Chautauqua Institution

Chautauqua

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26.07.2022

Chautauqua Amphitheater

Mayville

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31.07.2022

Chiesa San Francesco

Asciano SI

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07.08.2022

Le Palais de Monaco

Monaco Ville

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18.08.2022

Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock

Rostock

24.08.2022

Stiftskirche

Bützow

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01.09.2022

Schloss Johannisberg

Geisenheim

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13.09.2022

Zentrum Paul Klee Bern

Bern

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16.09.2022

Auditorio Alfredo Kraus

Las Palmas De Gran Canaria

18.09.2022

Kulturhaus Reitstadel

Neumarkt

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23.09.2022

KulturGut Ulrichshalben

Ilmtal-Weinstraße OT/Ulrichshalben

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25.09.2022

Konzerthaus Dortmund

Dortmund

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03.10.2022

Philharmonie Berlin

Berlin

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21.10.2022

Barocksaal Rostock

Rostock

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23.10.2022

Stadthalle Wangen

Wangen im Allgäu

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29.10.2022

Konzerthaus Dortmund

Dortmund

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02.11.2022

Congress Innsbruck

Innsbruck

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18.11.2022

Kölner Philharmonie

Köln

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19.11.2022

Kölner Philharmonie

Köln

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02.12.2022

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts

Pittsburgh

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04.12.2022

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts

Pittsburgh

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06.12.2022

Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall

Cambridge

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16.12.2022

Toppan Hall Tokyo

Tokyo

19.12.2022

Bunka Kaikan

Tokyo

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20.12.2022

Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

Tokyo

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General Management:

Sophia Herz-Grevesmühl

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UK, Nordic, Australia, New Zealand:

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Senior Artist Coordinator

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Discography.

Schubert

Schwanengesang String Quintet

09.2021, Alpha, CD

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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 8 - 10

09.2021, BIS, CD

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Weber: Overtures & Concert Piece

Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Christoph Eschenbach

05.2021, Alpha, CD

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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 5 - 7

03.2021, BIS, CD

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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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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