Maximilian Hornung

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Dates

06.09. 19:30
Großer Sitzungssaal des Landratsamtes, Traunstein

Emil Hartmann,  Serenade op. 24
Nino Rota,  Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Paul Juon,  Trio Miniaturen op. 18/op. 24
Johannes Brahms,  Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in A minor Op. 114

Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Nicholas Rimmer, piano

17.09. 11:00
Castle Kiel

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Coriolan Ouverture in C Minor Op 62
Dmitri Schostakowitsch,  Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 2 G minor, Op. 126
Johannes Brahms,  Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel / Theater Kiel
Philippe Bach, conductor

18.09. 20:00
Castle Kiel

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Coriolan Ouverture in C Minor Op 62
Dmitri Schostakowitsch,  Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 2 G minor, Op. 126
Johannes Brahms,  Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel / Theater Kiel
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Philippe Bach, conductor

26.09. 19:00
Stadtkirche Liestal

Anton Arenski,  String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.35
Robert Schumann,  Cello Concerto in A minor Op. 129
Antonin Dvorak,  Serenade for Strings in E, op 22

Sarah Christian, violin
Răzvan Popovici, viola
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Andreas Fleck, violoncello
Chamber Aartists Orchestra

29.09. 19:00
Tapiola Hall, Espoo

Franz Schubert,  Ouverture in D
Victor Herbert,  Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 2
Franz Schubert,  Symphonie Nr. 7 h-Moll D 759 "Unfinished'

Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Tapiola Sinfonietta
Mario Venzago, conductor

09.10. 14:00

Johannes Brahms,  Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in E minor Op. 38
Robert Schumann,  Five Pieces in Folk Style for violoncello and piano, Op. 102
Gustav Mahler,  Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr. Hornung)
Johannes Brahms,  Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No 2 F major, op.99

Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Hisako Kawamura, piano

11.10. 19:00
Kioi Hall Tokyo

Johannes Brahms,  Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in E minor Op. 38
Robert Schumann,  Five Pieces in Folk Style for violoncello and piano, Op. 102
Gustav Mahler,  Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr. Hornung)
Johannes Brahms,  Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No 2 F major, op.99

Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Hisako Kawamura, piano

12.10. 19:00
Concert Hall Kyoto

Johannes Brahms,  Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in E minor Op. 38
Robert Schumann,  Five Pieces in Folk Style for violoncello and piano, Op. 102
Gustav Mahler,  Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr. Hornung)
Johannes Brahms,  Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No 2 F major, op.99

Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Hisako Kawamura, piano

22.10. 11:00
Gewandhaus Leipzig

Leonard Bernstein,  Three Meditations from "Mass" for Violoncello and Orchestra, 1977

Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
MDR-Sinfonieorchester
Kristjan Järvi, conductor

27.10. 19:00
Gyeonggi Arts Center

Robert Schumann,  Cello Concerto in A minor Op. 129

Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra
Shiyeon Sung, conductor

28.10. 19:00
Seoul Arts Center - Music Hall

Robert Schumann,  Cello Concerto in A minor Op. 129

Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra
Shiyeon Sung, conductor

03.11. 20:00
Musis Sacrum, Arnhem

Hendrik Andriessen,  Ricercare
Johannes Brahms,  Double Concerto A minor for violin, cello and orchestra Op. 102
Jean Sibelius,  Symphony No.5 E-flat major op.82

Cecile Huijnen, violin
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Het Gelders Orkest
Antonello Manacorda, conductor

04.11. 20:00
Theater & Congres Orpheus Apeldoorn

Hendrik Andriessen,  Ricercare
Johannes Brahms,  Double Concerto a minorl for violin, cello and orchestra Op. 102
Jean Sibelius,  Symphony No.5 E-flat major op. 82

Cecile Huijnen, violin
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Het Gelders Orkest
Antonello Manacorda, conductor

05.11. 14:15
Concertgebouw De Vereeniging, Nijmegen

Hendrik Andriessen,  Ricercare
Johannes Brahms,  Double Concerto a minorl for violin, cello and orchestra Op. 102
Jean Sibelius,  Symphony No.5 E-flat major op. 82

Cecile Huijnen, violin
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Het Gelders Orkest
Antonello Manacorda, conductor

09.11. 19:45
Stadthalle Göttingen

Edward Elgar,  Concerto for violoncello and orchestra in E-flat minor, op.85

Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Göttinger Symphonie-Orchester
Mark Rohde, conductor

12.11. 19:30
deSingel Antwerp

Antje Weithaas, violin
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Till Fellner, piano
Le Concert Olympique
Jan Caeyers, conductor

14.11. 19:30
Stadsschouwburg, Leuven

Antje Weithaas, violin
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Till Fellner, piano
Le Concert Olympique
Jan Caeyers, conductor

16.11. 19:30
Cultuurcentrum, Hasselt

Antje Weithaas, violin
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Till Fellner, piano
Le Concert Olympique
Jan Caeyers, conductor

18.11. 20:00
Forum am Schlosspark Ludwigsburg

Antje Weithaas, violin
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Till Fellner, piano
Le Concert Olympique
Jan Caeyers, conductor

19.11. 19:30
Wiener Konzerthaus

Antje Weithaas, violin
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Till Fellner, piano
Le Concert Olympique
Jan Caeyers, conductor

20.11. 20:00
Berlin Philharmonie

Antje Weithaas, violin
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Till Fellner, piano
Le Concert Olympique
Jan Caeyers, conductor

biography

”…Hornung seems to come from another planet. [He] is a man who has reached maturity early, and who combines the cool confidence of a veteran performer with the youthful abandon of a rookie” (Die ZEIT)

With his striking musicality, instinctive stylistic certainty and musical maturity, the young cellist Maximilian Hornung, whose career began when he won the German Music Council’s Competition in 2005, is taking the international music scene by storm. He received an ECHO Klassik prize as best newcomer of the year for his first Sony CD in 2011, followed by an ECHO Klassik prize for the best cello concerto recording of the year for his recording of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Bamberg Symphony under Sebastian Tewinkel in October 2012. In August 2014, he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen and released a CD of Richard Strauss' most important works for cello with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink as well as a CD of the cello concertos of Joseph Haydn and Vaja Azarashvili with the Kammerakademie Potsdam under Antonello Manacorda on Sony Classical in the same year.

Maximilian Hornung regularly performs as a soloist with such renowned orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony under conductors such as Daniel Harding, Yannick Nézét-Séguin, Mariss Jansons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mario Venzago, Bernard Haitink, Manfred Honeck, Antonello Manacorda, Jiří Bělohlávek, Heinrich Schiff, Jonathan Nott, Yakov Kreizberg, Krzysztof Urbánski, Robin Ticciati and Semyon Bychkov. His chamber music partners include Anne-Sophie Mutter, Hélène Grimaud, Christian Tetzlaff, Lisa Batiashvili, François Leleux, Yefim Bronfman, Lars Vogt, Jörg Widmann and Tabea Zimmermann. He has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Schwetzingen, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau, Lucerne, Verbier, Ravinia and Hong Kong festivals, and concerts have taken him to the philharmonic halls in Berlin, Cologne and Essen, as well as to the Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall.

In the 2015/16 season he played Brahms‘ Double Concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons, as well as with Lisa Batiashvili and the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézét-Séguin amongst others. He was also invited to the Tonkünstler Orchestra under Hugh Wolff (Elgar) and the Bern Symphony Orchestra under Mario Venzago (Herbert No. 2) as well as the Vancouver Recital Society and together with the Arcanto Quartet to Munich and to the Schwetzingen Festival.

Special highlights of the 2016/17 season include Maximilian Hornung’s orchestral debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under David Zinman (Don Quixote), the Verdi Orchestra Milan under Jader Bignamini (Dvorak), the NFM Symphony Orchestra Wroclaw under Mario Venzago (Schumann) and with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover under Andrew Manze (Brahms Double Concerto with Antje Weithaas). Re-invitations will take him, among others, back to the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz under Antonello Manacorda (Shostakovich No. 1) and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana under Nicholas Collon (Saint-Saëns No. 1). In November 2016 he will give his recital debut at the Wigmore Hall. Additionally, he will present a cross section of the cello repertoire as Artist-in-Residence of the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic.

Maximilian Hornung, born 1986 in Augsburg, began taking cello lessons at the age of eight. The teachers with whom he has studied most intensely are Eldar Issakadze, Thomas Grossenbacher and David Geringas. As cellist of the Tecchler Trio, in which he played until 2011, he won the First Prize of the ARD Music Competition in 2007. At the age of only 23, he became first principal cellist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and held this position until 2013. Numerous recordings were released on Sony Classical, Genuin, Linn Records, NEOS, Bridge Records and CPO. Maximilian Hornung is supported and sponsored by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Circle of Friends Foundation and Borletti-Buitoni Trust London.

2016/2017 season

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repertoire

Samuel ADLER Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (1995)
Kurt ATTERBERG Cello Concerto in C minor op. 21
Vaja AZARASHVILI Concerto for Violoncello and Strings (1978)
Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in A major, Wq 172 Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in A minor Wq 170
Samuel BARBER Cello Concerto op. 22
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto in C major op. 56
Leonard BERNSTEIN Three Meditations from “Mass”
Ernst BLOCH Schelomo
Luigi BOCCHERINI various concertos
Benjamin BRITTEN Cello Symphony op. 68
Johannes BRAHMS Double Concerto in A minor op. 102
Max BRUCH Kol Nidrei op. 47
Jean-Louis DUPORT Double Concerto in E minor
Henri DUTILLEUX Tout un monde lointain
Antonin DVORAK Concerto in B minor op. 104 Waldesruhe op. 68 No. 5 Rondo in G minor op. 94
Edward ELGAR Concerto in E minor op. 85
Friedrich GULDA Concerto for Violoncello and Wind Orchestra
Johann Michael HAYDN Concerto in B-flat major
Joseph HAYDN Concerto in C major Hob. VIIb:1 Concerto in D major Hob. VIIb:2
Richard HELLER Cello Concerto Gedeckte Farben, op. 50
Victor HERBERT Cello Concerto No. 1 in D major Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor 7 Pieces for Violoncello and Strings
Paul HINDEMITH Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra
Arthur HONNEGER Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (H.72)
Jacques IBERT Concerto for Violoncello and Wind Orchestra
Aram KATCHATURIAN Cello Concerto
Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD Cello Concerto
Edouard LALO Concerto in D minor
Witold LUTOSLAWSKI Cello Concerto
Bohuslav MARTINU Cello Concerto No. 1 H 196 (1930, rev. 1955)
Johan de MEIJ Casanova for Violoncello and Wind Orchestra
Darius MILHAUD Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 1 op. 136
Hans PFITZNER Cello Concerto No. 1 in G major, op. 42 Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in A minor, op 52
Sergej PROKOFJEW Sinfonia Concertante op. 125
Joseph Joachim RAFF Cello Concerto Nos. 1 and 2
Einojuhani RAUTAVAARA Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 (1968) Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 2 Towards the Horizon (2008/09)
Camille SAINT-SAENS Concerto in A minor No. 1 op. 33 Suite for Violoncello op. 16
Othmar SCHOECK Concerto for Violoncello and Strings
Robert SCHUMANN Concerto in A minor op. 129
Dmitri SCHOSTAKOWISCH Concerto No. 1 op. 107 Concerto No. 2 op. 126
Richard STRAUSS Don Quixote op. 35 Romanze in F major op.13
Peter TSCHAIKOWSKY Rococo Variations in A major op. 33 Pezzo capriccioso op. 62
Antonio VIVALDI various concertos
Robert VOLKMANN Cello Concerto op.33
Mieczys?aw WEINBERG Concerto for Violoncello in C minor op. 43 (1948)
Yehudi WYNER Cello Concerto Prologue and Narrative
Sulkhan ZINZADZE Concerto No. 2
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Reviews

He played Camille Saint-Saëns‘ Cello Concerto No. 1 with dramatic verve, slender elegance and fragile sentiment.
Abendzeitung, Robert Braunmüller, 30/04/2016

The highlight [of Brahms‘ Double Concerto] was the central Andante in which Lisa Batiashvili and Maximilian Hornung were perfect partners, their phrases melted into one another, enhanced by the evenness with which the solo lines flowed in and out of the orchestral sequences.
Classical Source, Antony Hodgson, 03/02/2016

Lisa Batiashvili and Maximilian Hornung were well-matched conversationalists, communicating via smiles and keen eye contact. Sweet-toned rather than opulent, unafraid to dip into a sinewy timbre  for the first movement’s tempestuous close, their sounds were well matched too. The playing in the central Andante was radiant (…).
bachtrack.com, Mark Pullinger, 03/02/2016

... a lustre as if from star dust settles over the 29 year-old and the orchestra. Maybe it is because Maximilian Hornung brings human emotions out of his cello. His instrument speaks, rejoices, laments, rhapsodises and gets excited, and one listens to it with empathy as if a close friend were talking. Hornung plays freely, splendidly articulated. And he does it so effortlessly that one could succumb to the illusion that the variety of sentiments comes naturally to him in that moment.
Der Bund, Marianne Mühlemann, 06/12/2015

Yes, Hornung is confident in what he does. And he is in a position to shape his playing. His virtuosity and technique are not an end in themselves. In fact he consciously adds his own colours and expression to the musical dialogue with Mutter. Mutter and Hornung play and co-ordinate closely together.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Rita Argauer, 15/11/2015

Though still young, cellist Maximilian Hornung and pianist Benjamin Engeli play together as seasoned veterans (…). (…) As the concert progressed, what impressed me was the sheer range of [Hornung’s] technique and tone colour, and his intelligence. (…) Young as they are, these artists already have mature and individual perspectives on these works, never short of interesting ideas. (…) Maximilian Hornung can do so many things well – an enviable mix of technical address, tonal sophistication, and intelligence – and it is not surprising how high a reputation he has already.
Vancouver Classical Music, Geoffrey Newman, September 2015

His octaves and arpeggios have an almost unearthly clarity to them, the volume of his sound is powerful, his cantilenas are endlessly smooth. He carries the orchestra with him before he has even played his first note.
Die Rheinpfalz, Markus Pacher, 05/05/2015

On Cello Concertos (Sony Classical)
The sound of Maximilian Hornung’s cello is scintillating, bold, clear and intensive. His playing is powerful, purposeful and gripping and this recording therefore offers a brilliant opportunity to get to grips with Hornung’s ambitious, outstanding cello playing.
klassik.com, Marion Beyer, 14.03.2015

Soloist and orchestra blend perfectly with one another – one can hear the fun they had.
Kulturradio vom rbb, Cornelia de Reese, 02.02.2015

Every detail is sharply focused on this CD without hardening the contours. Everything sounds airy, smooth, frothy and light.
NDR Kultur, Helmut Peters, 30.01.2015

His Haydn is youthful, energetic, powerful. Hornung plays as though he wishes to say: forget the “Papa Haydn” and “family friend” clichés! Here is a portrait of the composer as a young man.
BR Klassik, Bernhard Neuhoff, 22.01.2015

[Britten’s Suite No. 1] was performed brilliantly by the young cellist Maximilian Hornung: he mastered every detail of the Fugue and the varied and repeated Canto with a slender sound. And he succeeded in the Finale with breathtaking clarity. One suspected it for a long time – but now there is a certainty there: this man has what it takes to be world-class.
Abendzeitung München, Robert Braunmüller, 24/12/2014

The only person onstage who spurred Ms. Mutter on, rather than merely keeping up, was the cellist Maximilian Hornung, intense and alive in their interwoven moments and rich-toned in his solos. Their robust interplay was also a highlight of the exuberant performance of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.”
The New York Times, Zachary Woolfe, 19/11/2014 – on his concert at Carnegie Hall as part of the 'Mutter's Virtuosi' USA and Canada tour

Maximilian Hornung has rightly won his laurels – he is simply a brilliant musician whose CD showcases a marvellous sound and huge enjoyment of the music.
Kulturradio rbb, Anja Herzog, 13/08/2014 – on his Strauss CD

The young German cellist Maximilian Hornung as Don Quixote is, in his own personal way, just as expressive and beautiful in tone [as Rostropovich].
DrehPunktKultur, Horst Reischenböck, 10/08/2014 – on his debut at the Salzburg Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra London under Esa-Pekka Salonen

The cellist Maximilian Hornung is a revelation as the soloist of the evening.
Frankfurter Neue Presse, 10/02/2014

Hornung champions Dvořák with an intensity which reveals heart and sentiment. With Saint-Saëns’ Suite and the Romance as grand finale, this CD features wonderful music, which Hornung enjoys to the full.
Fono Forum, March 2012

Hornung kept the music moving forward and produced a winning performance in every respect.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 22/02/2011

He controls his cello's tone, forming it with the utmost devotion but not watching over it too carefully. His genuine musicality consistently leads him in the right direction.
Die ZEIT, 13/01/2011

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discography

José Serebrier conducts Samuel Adler – Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

José Serebrier conducts Samuel Adler – Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

Maximilian Hornung, violoncello; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; José Serebrier
Linn Records, CDK 545, 2016

Albéric Magnard – Piano Trio Op. 18

Albéric Magnard – Piano Trio Op. 18

Geneviève Laurenceau, violin; Maximilian Hornung, violoncello; Oliver Triendl, piano
cpo, 1588289, 2015

Cello Concertos – Joseph Haydn | Vaja Azarashvili

Cello Concertos – Joseph Haydn | Vaja Azarashvili

Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major; Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major | Azarashvili: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello; Kammerakademie Potsdam; Antonello Manacorda
Sony Classical, 88843064532, 2015

Richard Strauss – Don Quixote | Sonata for Cello and Piano

Richard Strauss – Don Quixote | Sonata for Cello and Piano

Maximilian Hornung, violoncello; Paul Rivinius, piano; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Bernard Haitink
Sony Classical, 88843047072, 2014

Saint-Saëns  – Suite and Romanze | Dvořák – Cello Concerto

Saint-Saëns  – Suite and Romanze | Dvořák – Cello Concerto

Maximilian Hornung, violoncello; Bamberg Symphony; Sebastian Tewinkel
Sony Classical, 88697749252, 2012

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Works by Scrjabin, Bridge, Villa-Lobos, Debussy, Faure, Schubert, Mahler, Bloch, Bach, Boulanger, Webern and Chaplin
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello; Milana Chernyavska, piano
Sony Classical, 88697749242, 2010

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