XIXth Clara Haskil Competition 2001 (Live Recording)
- CD 2113
Martin Helmchen was born in Berlin on 21 June 1982. He received his first piano lessons at the age of six. In 1993 he entered the Carl Philip Emanuel Bach Preparatory College and became a pupil of Arie Vardi at the College for Music and Theater in Hannover. He also has participated in master classes held by Hans Leygraf, Arie Vardi and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Martin Helmchen was a regular participant at the Steinway Competitions in Berlin and Hamburg from 1989 to 1997, winning the first prize eight times. He also won eight first prizes at the “Jugend Musiziert” Competition. Other prizes include the Classic Prize of the City of Münster (twice), the WDR Classic Prize and the 1999 Diethard Wucher Memorial Award.
Since his first concert with orchestra at the age of eleven, Martin Helmchen has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout the world. He has given recitals at the Braunschweiger Chamber Festival. He has performed with orchestra at the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, at the Darmstadt City Theater, the Hamburg Music Hall and the Chamber Music Hall of Berlin Philharmonic. International tours have taken him to Malaysia, Slovenia, Ireland, Austria, Italy and Russia.
His successes at the international competitions include:
1998 – prize winner at the Ettlingen Competition for Young Pianists
2000 – nomination as the German representative at the Eurovision Competition in Bergen/Norway
2001 – first prize at the Second Seiler Piano Competition in Vevey, Switzerland
2001 – first prize at the Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey, Switzerland
Martin Helmchen is an enthusiastic chamber musician, above all in duo with cello. He as regularly performed with cellist Boris Pergamenschikov and his students for some time.