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Martin Helmchen

Martin Helmchen

With his highly virtuosic yet unpretentious style, pianist Martin Helmchen continues to make his impression on the international music scene including impressive debuts with Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert Blomstedt, Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, London Philharmonic with Vladimir Jurowski and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons. In the USA he made his concerto debut as soloist with Christoph von Dohnányi at the Tanglewood Festival with Boston Symphony.
In 2013/14 Martin Helmchen makes some important USA debuts including Cleveland Orchestra conducted by David Afkham, San Francisco Symphony with Marek Janowski and Dallas Symphony Orchestra with Jaap van Sweden. In Europe Martin joins musical partners with whom he has enjoyed regular collaborations including both The Philhamonia and Orchestra de Paris under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi, Flanders Philharmonic and Frankfurt Radio orchestras with Philippe Herreweghe, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich with David Zinman, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Ed Gardner, Gurzenich Orchestra Cologne and Vladimir Jurowski. He is soloist in Moscow, and with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra with Nicholas Milton and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo with Dima Slobodeniouk.
In recital he performs in London, Berlin, Munich and makes his recital debut in Washington DC at the Kennedy Center. With a passion for chamber music largely ignited in early collaborations with the late cellist Boris Pergamenschikow, Martin Helmchen performs in Berlin, Paris, Bruges and Winterthur with his wife and cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker.
An exclusive PentaTone artist since 2007, Helmchen has recorded discs of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Dvořák concerti. His first solo recording of Schubert works won an ECHO Award in 2009 and a disc of Schubert duos with Julia Fischer has won no less acclaim. 2013/14 anticipates the release of his second Mozart concerti disc for which he returned to collaborate with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra led by Gordan Nikolić.
A former student of Galina Iwanzowa in Berlin, Martin Helmchen still receives tutelage from Arie Vardie at the Hochschule für Musik, Hannover and with William Grant Naboré from the „Klavierakademie Comer See“. An early impact on his career was winning the “2001 Clara Haskil Competition”. He was a Fellow of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust in 2005 and the “Credit Suisse Young Artist” in 2006 culminating with his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Valery Gergiev at the Lucerne Festival. Between 2005 and 2007 Martin Helmchen was a soloist on the “BBC New Generation Artists” scheme.

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