Marie-Elisabeth Hecker

2007 – 2009 Kronberg Academy Master
studying with Frans Helmerson

2009 – 2010 Kronberg Academy Further Masters Studies
studying with Frans Helmerson


2006 Chamber Music Connects the World, Junior

2006 Cello Masterclasses, Participant

2007 Cello Festival, concert

2008 Mit Musik – Miteinander, Tutor

2009 Mit Musik – Miteinander, Tutor

2009 Appointment with Slava

2013 Kronberg Academy Festival, concert

2016 Mit Musik – Miteinander, Tutor

2017 Mit Musik – Miteinander, Tutor

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker


Cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker made her international breakthrough with her sensational success at the 8th Rostropovich Competition in Paris in 2005, where she became the first contestant in the events history to win the first prize as well as two special prizes. Since then Hecker has become one of the most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians of her generation, recognized for her deep expression and natural affinity for the cello.

Born in Robert Schumanns hometown Zwickau in 1987, Hecker started playing the cello with five and attended the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Zwickau, before the distinguished German cellist Peter Bruns became her principal teacher. She continued her studies with Heinrich Schiff and subsequently took part in masterclasses with eminent figures such as Anner Bylsma, Bernard Greenhouse, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman and Steven Isserlis. Early recognition came when she won German important “Jugend musiziert” competition at the age of twelve, followed by the special prize at the 2001 Dotzauer Competition and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2009. She is supported by the Kronberg Academy.

Among the highlights of her career to date are performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Mariinsky Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Spanish National Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin and Vienna Symphony Orchestra. She collaborated with conductors such as Barenboim, Gergiev, Harding, Hengelbrock, Herreweghe, Janowski, Luisi, Nagano, Saraste, Thielemann, von Dohnányi and Zacharias.

In addition, she has appeared in recitals with her partner Martin Helmchen in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Baden-Baden (Festspielhaus), Barcelona, Berlin (Philharmonie), Florence, Frankfurt (Alte Oper), Hamburg (Laeiszhalle), Hohenems (Schubertiade), Jerusalem, London (Wigmore Hall), Lucerne (Lucerne Festival), Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York (Carnegie Hall), Paris (Louvre), Tokyo (Toppan Hall), Verbier, Vienna (Konzerthaus) and Zurich (Tonhalle).

Highlights of her next concerts include return invitations with the Bielefelder Philharmoniker, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria and the NDR Radio Philharmonic, as well as her debut with Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra. As a passionate chamber musician, various projects are in the schedule: duo recitals with Martin Helmchen in London, Marseille and at the Schubertiade Hohenems and further concerts together with Viviane Hagner in Amsterdam and London. She will also appear in different chamber music constellations with Antje Weithaas, Carolin Widmann, Christoph Prégardien, David McCarroll and in Barcelona, at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and in Neuhardenberg.

In May 2016 the label Alpha Classics released Marie's recording of Brahms cello sonatas together with Martin Helmchen to great critical acclaim.

In co-operation with Music Road Rwanda Marie-Elisabeth Hecker regularly travels to Rwanda in order to support a local music school with concerts and educational projects.

Biographies are based on the most recent information provided by the artists or their representatives. Last updated:December 2016