Soloist

Martin Helmchen

Piano

Biography – about the artist.

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 de Luxemburg. 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 2018/2019

The next dates:

16.12.2018

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Paris

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17.12.2018

Philharmonie Essen

Essen

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18.01.2019

Rudolf-Oetker-Halle Bielefeld

Bielefeld

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20.01.2019

Rudolf-Oetker-Halle Bielefeld

Bielefeld

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22.01.2019

Schauspielhaus Zürich - Pfauen

Zürich

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24.01.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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25.01.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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26.01.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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29.01.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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07.02.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

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08.02.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

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13.02.2019

Konserthuset Stockholm

Stockholm

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14.02.2019

Konserthuset Stockholm

Stockholm

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22.02.2019

Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles

Bruxelles

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24.02.2019

Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles

Bruxelles

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07.03.2019

Auditorio Nacional de Música

Madrid

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10.03.2019

Krönungssaal des Aachener Rathauses

Aachen

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13.03.2019

Philharmonie de Paris - Cité de la musique

Paris

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14.03.2019

Philharmonie de Paris - Cité de la musique

Paris

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17.03.2019

Schleswig-Holsteinische Landestheater und Sinfonieorchester GmbH

Flensburg

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18.03.2019

Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM

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19.03.2019

Orangerie Herrenhausen

Hannover

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20.03.2019

Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM

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23.03.2019

Kursaal Bern

Bern

24.03.2019

Kursaal Bern

Bern

30.03.2019

Hong Kong City Hall

Hong Kong

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06.04.2019

Kulturpalast Dresden

Dresden

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07.04.2019

Kulturpalast Dresden

Dresden

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21.04.2019

LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura

Lugano

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04.05.2019

Philharmonie Berlin

Berlin

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08.05.2019

Auditorium Rai "Arturo Toscanini"

Torino

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09.05.2019

Auditorium Rai "Arturo Toscanini"

Torino

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17.05.2019

Philharmonie Luxembourg

Luxembourg

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23.05.2019

Auditorium du Louvre

Paris Cedex 01

24.05.2019

Schwetzinger Schloss

Schwetzingen

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Your contact persons:

General Management:

Erdmuthe Pirlich

+49 511 36607-69

erdmuthe.pirlich@kdschmid.de

UK, Nordic, Australia, New Zealand:

Anna Wetherell

+44 20 7395 09-32

anna.wetherell@kdschmid.co.uk

Jan-Christian Nauck

Senior Artist Coordinator

+49 511 36607-22

jan-christian.nauck@kdschmid.de

Artist Coordinator for UK, Nordic, Australia, New Zealand:

Susanne Büttner

+44 20 7395 09-31

susanne.buettner@kdschmid.co.uk

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Artist Coordinator for UK, Nordic, Australia, New Zealand:

Susanne Büttner

+44 20 7395 09-31

susanne.buettner@kdschmid.co.uk

Discography and quotes.

Discography

Beethoven

Diabelli Variations

01.2018, Alpha, CD

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Brahms

Cello Sonatas

05.2016, Alpha, CD

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Mozart

Piano Concertos No. 15 & 27

11.2013, PentaTone, CD

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Robert Schumann

Symphonische Etüden

11.2012, PentaTone, CD

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Mendelssohn

The Piano Concertos

09.2010, PentaTone, CD

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Reviews and quotes.

„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