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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.
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|C. Ph .E. Bach||Concerto for Cello und Orchestra in A major, Wq 172|
|L. van Beethoven||Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56|
|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)|
|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|
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker captures the mood [of Brahms' E Minor Cello Sonata] with large, intense arcs of tension, immensely warm and sensitive in tone, up to the pensive, timeless double stops.
Badische Zeitung | 19.10.2020 | Alexander Dick
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
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)
Arpeggione Sonata & Trio No. 2
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello), Martin Helmchen (piano) and Antje Weithaas (violin)
Cello Sonata No. 1 & No.2
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello) and Martin Helmchen (piano)
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)
Works by Smetana, Ravel & Watkins
Lars Vogt (piano), Antje Weithaas (violin), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello), and various other artists
Avi Music (2012)
Works by Spohr, Ibert, Janácek & Widmann
Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello), and various other artists
Avi Music (2012)
Works by Haydn, Rossini & Schubert
Veronika Eberle (violin), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello), Martin Helmchen (piano), and various other artists
Avi Music (2012)
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)
In Rememberance of Mstislav Rostropovich
Various composers & artists
Haydn: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra C major, Ginastera: Glosses of themes of Pau Casals Op. 46 for string orchestra & string quintet, and others
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello) & Giorgi Kharadze (violoncello)