Martin Helmchen / Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi

Martin Helmchen

2002 Chamber Music Connects the World, Junior

2005 Cello Festival, concert

Since 2010 Visiting Professor at the Kronberg Academy Masters

2013 Kronberg Academy Festival, concert

2017 Kronberg Academy Festival, concert

Martin Helmchen


With his highly virtuosic yet unpretentious style, pianist Martin Helmchen continues to impress the international music scene including superb debuts with Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert Blomstedt, Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski and with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons. In the USA, he has made his concerto debuts with New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall and at the Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, on both occasions under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi. 

Martin Helmchen’s quest for exploring all facets of music making is born in his passion for collaboration, not only with orchestras, but also through chamber music and recitals - largely ignited in early collaborations with the late cellist Boris Pergamenschikow. Since 2010, Martin Helmchen has been an Associate Professor of chamber music at the Kronberg Academy.

In 2016/17, Martin Helmchen is guest soloist with major European orchestras including Hallé Orchestra Manchester under the baton of Andrew Manze, Philharmonia Orchestra and Herbert Blomstedt, Santa Cecilia Rom and David Afkham, Gewandhaus Orchester with Herbert Blomstedt, Nederlands Filharmonisch Orkest and Marc Albrecht, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Philippe Herreweghe as well as the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under Sir Roger Norrington. In France he tours with La Chambre Philharmonique under Emmanuel Krivine.

A passionate chamber musician, Martin Helmchen also continues a further collaboration with Julia Fischer on a tour of major cities in Asia. He gives solo recitals and duo performances with his wife and cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker in London, Paris, and Brussels and in Germany where he is artist in residence at the Schwetzingen SWR Festival in 2017.

For PentaTone, Helmchen has recorded Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Dvořák concertos as well as solo recordings and chamber music by Schubert, Schumann and Brahms. His latest CD for outhere music contains both Brahms cello sonatas with Marie-Elisabeth Hecker.

Martin Helmchen was born in Berlin in 1982. Former student of Galina Iwanzowa in Berlin, Martin Helmchen still receives tutelage from Arie Vardie at the Hochschule für Musik, Hannover. Other mentors, with whom Martin regularly continues to study, are Alfred Brendel and William Grant Naboré from the Klavierakademie Comer See. An early impact on Helmchen’s 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.

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