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Marie-Elisabeth Hecker

cello

contact

Maike Charlotte Fuchs

mf(at)karstenwitt.com

+49 30 214 594-220

Heike Wilms

hw(at)karstenwitt.com

+49 30 214 594-236

General Management

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Dates

31.10. 20:30
Schloss Elmau

Franz Schubert,  Piano Trio in b-flat Major D 898
Dmitri Schostakowitsch,  Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, Op. 67

Antje Weithaas, violin
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, violoncello
Martin Helmchen, piano

04.11. 21:00
Conservatorio Statale di Musica "Giuseppe Verdi" - Torino

Franz Schubert,  Piano Trio in b-flat Major D 898
Robert Schumann,  Fantasiestücke, Op. 88
Dmitri Schostakowitsch,  Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, Op. 67

Antje Weithaas, violin
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, violoncello
Martin Helmchen, piano

06.11. 18:00
Società Filarmonica, Trento

Franz Schubert,  Piano Trio in b-flat Major D 898
Robert Schumann,  Fantasiestücke, Op. 88

Antje Weithaas, violin
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, violoncello
Martin Helmchen, piano

06.11. 20:30
Società Filarmonica, Trento

Franz Schubert,  Piano Trio in b-flat Major D 898
Robert Schumann,  Fantasiestücke, Op. 88

Antje Weithaas, violin
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, violoncello
Martin Helmchen, piano

19.11. 19:30 — cancelled
Southbank Centre London

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Coriolan Ouverture in C minor Op 62
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Triple Concerto for piano, violin and violon cello C major op. 56
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Symphony No. 5

Antje Weithaas, violin
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, violoncello
Martin Helmchen, piano
Philharmonia Orchestra
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

17.12. 20:00
Philharmonie Cologne

Franz Schubert,  Schwanengesang D.957
Gregor A. Mayrhofer,  New Work for tenor, violoncello and piano
Franz Schubert,  String Quintet in C major D 956

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, violoncello
Julian Prégardien, tenor
Martin Helmchen, piano
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Florian Donderer, violin
Rachel Roberts, actress
Tanja Tetzlaff, violoncello

Biography

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 event's history to win the first prize as well as two special prizes. Since then, she has become one of the most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians of her generation, recognised for her deep expression and natural affinity for the cello, with Die Zeit describing her playing as "heartbreakingly sad and instinctively beautiful".

Born in Robert Schumann's hometown Zwickau in 1987, Hecker started playing the cello at the age of five and attended the Robert Schumann Conservatory, before the distinguished German cellist Peter Bruns became her principal teacher. Early recognition came when she won Germany's 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.

Highlights of her career to date include performances with Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Spanish National Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin and Wiener Symphoniker. annover, Hannover,She collaborated with conductors such as Barenboim, Gergiev, Harding, Hengelbrock, Herreweghe, Janowski, Luisi, Nagano, Saraste, Thielemann and von Dohnányi.

As a passionate chamber musician, she has appeared in duo with her husband Martin Helmchen and in different constellations with partners such as Veronika Eberle, Antoine Tamestit, Stephen Waarts at venues including Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Aspen, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, L'Auditori Barcelona, Berliner Philharmonie, Bozar Brussels, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Schubertiade in Hohenems, Wigmore Hall London, Lucerne, Carnegie Hall New York, Louvre Paris, Toppan Hall Tokio, Vienna Konzerthaus and Tonhalle Zurich.

In May 2016, the label Alpha Classics released Marie's recording of Brahms' cello sonatas together with Martin Helmchen to great critical acclaim. Recently, her second CD containing Schubert´s Arpeggione Sonata and Trio No. 2 (together with Martin Helmchen and Antje Weithaas) has been released by the same label as well as a CD with Elgar's Cello Concerto (together with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra) and the Piano Quintet.

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker was appointed a professor at Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden in August 2017. In co-operation with Music Road Rwanda, she regularly travels to Rwanda in order to support a local music school with concerts and educational projects.

2020/2021 season

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Repertoire

C. Ph .E. Bach Concerto for Cello und Orchestra in A major, Wq 172
L. van Beethoven Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56
E. Bloch Schelomo
L. Boccherini/Grützmacher Concerto in B flat major
J. Brahms Double Concerto in A minor
M. Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Chick Corea La Fiesta for 2 Celli and Orchestra
A. Dvorak Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Waldesruh op. 68
Rondo in G minor, Op. 94
E. Elgar Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Sospiri, Op. 70 (Adagio for Cello and Orchestra)
G. Fauré Elegie
J. Haydn Concertos in C major and D major
P. Hindemith Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1940)
Giya Kancheli Silent Prayer for Violin, Cello and Orchestra
J. Klengel Concerto für 2 Celli op. 45
E. Lalo Concerto in D minor
C. Saint-Saens Concerto in A minor No. 1, Op. 33
R. Schumann Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
D. Schostakowitsch Concerto No. 1, Op. 107
A. Schnittke Concerto grosso No. 2 for Violin and Cello with Orchestra
G. Sollima Violoncelles, Vibrez!
P. I. Tschaikowski Rococo Variations in A major, Op. 33
A. Vivaldi various concerts
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Reviews

Hecker plays like an angel ... the beauty of her sound is enhanced by an exquisitely elegant line and sweeping lyricism. There is absolutely no artifice to mislead the audience; her performance comprises musicality and pure talent.
El País I June 2008

What I immediately liked about the cellist’s playing is her bright tone, often light as a feather, with a beautiful vibrato.
deutschlandfunk | 22.04.2018

...but especially with her subtle interpretation, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker expresses something very personal [...] unconditionally worth listening to.
deutschlandfunk | 16.04.2018  

With clarity, a nuanced touch and cellistic distinctiveness, it was impressive how Helmchen and Hecker realised the intricate rhythm, the blatant irony and the subtlety of both pieces...
sueddeutsche.de | 11.11.2016 | Harald Eggebrecht

She liked to play with her eyes closed, completely immersed in her music. Marie-Elisabeth Hecker is considered as one of the great cello talents of our time...
sueddeutsche.de | January 2014 | Harald Eggebrecht

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Discography

Edward Elgar

Edward Elgar

Cello Concerto, Sospiri & Piano Quintet
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Edo De Waart (cond.)
Carolin Widmann (violin), David McCarroll (violin), Pauline Sachse (viola) and Martin Helmchen (piano)
(Alpha 2018)

Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert

Arpeggione Sonata & Trio No. 2
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello), Martin Helmchen (piano) and Antje Weithaas (violin)
Alpha (2017)

Brahms Cello Sonatas

Brahms Cello Sonatas

Cello Sonata No. 1 & No.2
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello) and Martin Helmchen (piano)
Alpha (2016)

Dvorák & Shostakovitch

Dvorák & Shostakovitch

Works by Dvorák & Shostakovitch
Shostakovitch: Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor with Marie Elisabeth Hecker (cello), Aaron Pilsan (piano), Alissa Margulis (violin) & other works
Avi Music (2014)

Piano Trios

Piano Trios

Works by Smetana, Ravel & Watkins
Lars Vogt (piano), Antje Weithaas (violin), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello), and various other artists
Avi Music (2012)

Winds & Strings

Winds & Strings

Works by Spohr, Ibert, Janácek & Widmann
Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello), and various other artists
Avi Music (2012)

Duo · Trio · Quartet

Duo · Trio · Quartet

Works by Haydn, Rossini & Schubert
Veronika Eberle (violin), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello), Martin Helmchen (piano), and various other artists
Avi Music (2012)

Franz Schubert: Forellen Quintet

Franz Schubert: Forellen Quintet

Piano Quintet Op. 32 "The Trout", among other works
Martin Helmchen (piano), Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello), Alois Posch (doublebass) & Aldo Baerten (flute)
PentaTone Music (2009)

Celebrating Slava!

Celebrating Slava!

In Rememberance of Mstislav Rostropovich
4 CDs
Various composers & artists
Profil (2008)

Cello Fiesta!

Cello Fiesta!

Haydn: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra C major, Ginastera: Glosses of themes of Pau Casals Op. 46 for string orchestra & string quintet, and others
Kremerata Baltica
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello) & Giorgi Kharadze (violoncello)
Profil (2008)

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