KD SCHMID Martin Helmchen

Soloist

Martin Helmchen

Piano

Biography – about the artist.

Martin Helmchen is one of the most sought-after pianists and has been performing on the world's most important stages for decades. In particular, the originality and intensity of his interpretations, which he presents with impressive tonal sensitivity and technical finesse, distinguish him as a musician. In 2020, he was awarded the prestigious Gramophone Music Award for his recording of all of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano concertos with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Andrew Manze, released by Alpha Classics. In 2022 he received the ICMA-Award.

The 2023/24 season begins with a long-awaited debut: Martin Helmchen will appear at the BBC Proms for the first time and perform Brahms' 2nd Piano Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo. Further concerts will take him to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Philharmonia Zürich, Tonkünstler-Orchester as well as Kammerakademie Potsdam and hr-Sinfonieorchester. He will perform with Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie in Bremen as well as a touring project in Belgium. In February 2024 he will embark on a piano trio tour with his wife Marie-Elisabeth Hecker and the violinist Augustin Hadelich.

As a soloist, Martin Helmchen has performed with numerous renowned orchestras, including the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, New York Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra. He works regularly with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Manfred Honeck, Andrew Manze, Kazuki Yamada, Vladimir Jurowski, Andris Nelsons, Christoph von Dohnányi, Jakub Hrůša, Klaus Mäkelä, Paavo Järvi, Sakari Oramo, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Michael Sanderling and David Zinman.


Chamber music has a special significance for him - a passion for which Boris Pergamenschikow gave the essential impulses. His close chamber music partners include Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Julian Prégardien, Augustin Hadelich, Antje Weithaas and Carolin Widmann.

With Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Martin Helmchen commissioned a double concerto for violoncello and piano from York Höller, which they premiered at the Ruhr Piano Festival in June 2022.

Martin Helmchen is an exclusive artist with Alpha Classics. His most recent release was the highly acclaimed album "Novelletten und Gesänge der Frühe" with piano works by Robert Schumann in March 2022. May 2021 saw the release of his recording of Carl Maria von Weber's Concert Piece with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under Christoph Eschenbach. His past releases have included Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Messiaen's "Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus", and duo recordings with Marie-Elisabeth Hecker including works by Brahms and Schubert.

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.

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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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The next dates:

07.03.2024

Koningin Elisabethzaal

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09.03.2024

Koningin Elisabethzaal

Antwerpen

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20.03.2024

Royal Festival Hall, London

London

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24.03.2024

BOZAR MUSIC

Bruxelles

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07.04.2024

Konzerthaus Berlin

Berlin

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13.04.2024

Auditorium Grafenegg

Grafenegg

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14.04.2024

Musikverein Wien

Wien

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15.04.2024

Festspielhaus St. Pölten

St. Pölten

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16.04.2024

Musikverein Wien

Wien

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27.04.2024

Schloss Stadthagen

Stadthagen

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28.04.2024

Max-Reger-Halle Weiden

Weiden

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30.04.2024

Schwetzinger Schloss

Schwetzingen

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10.05.2024

Bedford Corn Exchange

Bedford

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16.05.2024

Orchestra Hall Symphony Center

Chicago

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17.05.2024

Orchestra Hall Symphony Center

Chicago

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18.05.2024

Orchestra Hall Symphony Center

Chicago

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21.05.2024

Orchestra Hall Symphony Center

Chicago

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23.05.2024

Alte Oper Frankfurt

Frankfurt

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24.05.2024

Alte Oper Frankfurt

Frankfurt

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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

North America:

Ann SunHyung Kim

+1 917 306 9718

ann.kim@kdschmid.com

Jan-Christian Nauck

Associate Director, Artist Coordination

+49 511 36607-22

jan-christian.nauck@kdschmid.de

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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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News.

BBC Proms programm anouncement

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Summer Festivals 2022

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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