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Biography

"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."
by Javier Pérez Senz, El Pais, 06/2008
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 event's 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, 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. 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 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.

Highlights of season 19/20 include trio concerts with Martin Helmchen and Antje Weithaas as well as her debut with the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin. Furthermore, she will perform chamber music with Julian Prégardien, Christian Tetzlaff and Carolin Widmann amongst others.

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.

2019/2020
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Biography

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker 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".
Early recognition came when Marie-Elisabeth Hecker 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. 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.

Contact

Artist Website:
www.marieelisabethhecker.com
Management: General Management
Artist Manager: Ekkehard Jung
ekkehard.jung@ekkehardjung.de · T: +49-30-23 63 794 -11

Discography


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)
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Franz Schubert Arpeggione Sonata & Trio No. 2
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello), Martin Helmchen (piano) and Antje Weithaas (violin)
Alpha (2017)
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Brahms Cello Sonatas Cello Sonata No. 1 & No.2
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello) and Martin Helmchen (piano)
Alpha (2016)
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Dvořák & Shostakovitch Works by Dvořák & 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)
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Piano Trios Works by Smetana, Ravel & Watkins
Lars Vogt (piano), Antje Weithaas (violin), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello), and various other artists
Avi Music (2012)
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Winds & Strings Works by Spohr, Ibert, Janáček & Widmann
Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (violoncello), and various other artists
Avi Music (2012)
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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)
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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)
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Celebrating Slava! In Rememberance of Mstislav Rostropovich
4 CDs
Various composers & artists
Profil (2008)
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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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Media

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Video

Elgar: Cello Concerto Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor, III Adagio
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, cello
András Vass, conductor
Pannon Philharmonic
Süddeutsche Zeitung 2014 Video Süddeutsche Zeitung 01/2014 Webern: Drei kleine Stücke Op. 11 Verbier Festival 2014
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, cello
Martin Helmchen, piano
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Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in E minor Op. 38 Verbier Festival 2014
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, cello
Martin Helmchen, piano
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Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D821 Verbier Festival 2014
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, cello
Martin Helmchen, piano
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J. Haydn - Celloconcert in C Joseph Haydn - Erstes Celloconcert in C - Moderato
Artists: Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Philippe Herreweghe
Amsterdam, 18 September 2011
Bach: Sonate No. 2 D-dur Schubertiade 2012
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Schumann: Fantasiestücke op. 73 Fantasiestücke op. 73 & Adagio und Allegr op. 70
Schubertiade 2012
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Beethoven: 12 Variationen Beethoven: 12 Variationen über ein Thema aus Händels "Judas Maccabaeus"
Schubertiade 2012
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Schubert: Sonate a-moll "Arpeggione-Sonate"
Schubertiade 2012
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Fauré: Après un rêve Schubertiade 2012
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Audio

Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 I. Adagio; Moderato (excerpt)
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, cello
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Edo de Waart, conductor
(Alpha 2018)
Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major Op. 39 I. Allegro vivace
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, cello
Martin Helmchen, piano
Alpha (2016)
Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor Op. 38 II. Allegretto quasi menuetto
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, cello
Martin Helmchen, piano
Alpha (2016)
Haydn: Piano Trio in B flat major No. 20 with Veronika Eberle (violin) & Martin Helmchen (piano)
(Hob. XV:20)
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Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor Op. 15 with Antje Weithaas (violin) & Huw Watkins (piano)
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Widmann: 11 Duos for violin and cello with Christian Tetzlaff (violin)
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