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 2022 he received the ICMA-Award.

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 Zürich 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, 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 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 2022/2023 season include concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Oslo Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, with whom Martin Helmchen will present three different projects. Recitals will take him to the Boston Celebrities Series, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, Toppan Hall Tokyo, the Thomaskirche Leipzig and the Thüringer Bachwochen, among others. With his wife Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Martin Helmchen has commissioned a double concerto for violoncello and piano from York Höller, which they premiered at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in June 2022 and will repeat with the Kremerata Baltica as part of the opening of the Casals Forum, as well as with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the Ultraschall Festival in the 2022/23 season. Concerts with Frank Peter Zimmermann are planned at the Rheingau Music Festival, in London, Luxembourg, Bern and Monaco. 

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.

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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:

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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08.01.2023

Auditorium Rainier III

Monte-Carlo

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10.01.2023

Wigmore Hall

London

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12.01.2023

Philharmonie Luxembourg

Luxembourg

14.01.2023

Katholische Akademie Schwerte - Freunde und Förderer der katholischen Akademie Schwerte e.V.

Schwerte

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22.01.2023

Haus des Rundfunks

Berlin

26.01.2023

DGI Huset Vordingborg

Vordingborg

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27.01.2023

Konservatoriets Koncertsal Copenhagen

Frederiksberg C

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05.02.2023

Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Monte Carlo

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26.02.2023

Stadttheater Flensburg

Flensburg

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04.03.2023

Musik- und Kongresshalle Lübeck

Lübeck

18.03.2023

Hannover Congress Centrum

Hannover

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27.04.2023

Orchestra Hall Symphony Center

Chicago

28.04.2023

Orchestra Hall Symphony Center

Chicago

29.04.2023

Orchestra Hall Symphony Center

Chicago

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

Associate Director of 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.

Summer Festivals 2022

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Summer Festivals 2022

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Summer Festivals 2022

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Martin Helmchen will premiere York Höller's new double concerto at the Klavierfestival Ruhr

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Mozart Moments in Monte-Carlo - Kick-off of Martin Helmchen's Residency

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ICMA - International Classical Music Award 2022

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ICMA International Classical Music Award 2022 - KD SCHMID Artist Nominations

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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