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„Muzika yacu, Ubuzima bwacu“

[Sprichwort aus Ruanda]

Martin Helmchen 

With his highly virtuosic yet unpretentious style, pianist Martin Helmchen continues to make his impression on the international music scene including recent impressive debuts with Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert Blomstedt, Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, London Philharmonic with Vladimir Jurowski and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons. In the USA he made his concerto debut as soloist with Christoph von Dohnányi at the 2011 Tanglewood Festival with Boston Symphony.

In the 2012/13 Martin Helmchen is soloist both with The Philharmonia, London and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi. He also performs with the Orchestre National de Lyon with Antoni Wit, the Orchestre National de France with Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin with Marek Janowski and makes his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds.  He collaborates again with Andris Nelsons on a tour in Germany with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and joins Viviane Hagner and Marie-Elizabeth Hecker on tour in Spain with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Returning to the USA he makes his debut with the Houston Symphony under the baton of Hans Graf.

In recital two important venues are added to a busy schedule including Berlin’s Philharmonie,  San Francisco’s SF Performances series.    With a passion for chamber music largely ignited in early collaborations with the late cellist Boris Pergamenschikow Martin Helmchen performs throughout Europe during 2012/13 with his wife and cellist Marie-Elizabeth Hecker and joining with Veronica Eberle and Antoine Tomastit they perform in Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris.

The 2011/12 has seen Martin Helmchen as Artist in Residence with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and David Zinman.  He has also performed with NDR Hamburg and Semyon Bychkov, the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin and David Afkham, with The Philharmonia and Diego Matheuz, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra collaborating again with Vladimir Jurowski.

An exclusive PentaTone artist since 2007, Helmchen has recorded discs of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Dvorak concerti. His first solo recording of Schubert works won an ECHO Award in 2009 and a disc of Schubert duos with Julia Fischer has won no less acclaim.  In 2012/13 he records his second Mozart concerti disc returning to collaborate with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra led by Gordan Nikolic.

Studying in Berlin with Galina Iwanzowa, Martin Helmchen continues studies with Arie Vardie at the  HYPERLINK "" Hochschule für Musik, Hannover and with William Grant Naboré from the „Klavierakademie Comer See“. An early impact on his career was winning the „2001 Clara Haskil Competition”. He was a Fellow of the Borletti-Buitoni-Trust in 2005 and the “Credit Suisse Young Artist” in 2006 culminating with his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Valery Gergiev at the Lucerne Festival. Between 2005 and 2007 Martin Helmchen was a soloist on the “BBC New Generation Artists” scheme.

Marie-Elisabeth Helmchen // Martin Helmchen // Airi Rink // Beat Rink

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Sponsorship for an orphan is the most personal way to help. 

Please contact us if you have questions regarding sponsorship or other ways to help or if you are interested in any further information. Apart from providing urgently needed financial help you can also take part actively.

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In Rwanda there was till August this year still no classical chamber music concert. By Goethe-Institute in Kigali we have given in our visit in summer two public concerts which were taken up enthusiastically. One took place at a hotel (hotel Serena) and the other in the theatrical hall of Goethe-Institute. Also furthermore concerts are planned in cooperation with Goethe-Institute.

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Ways to give

  • We invite you to organize charity concerts to benefit “Music Road Rwanda”.
  • We take donations! Send us instruments, sheet music, strings or other equipment for instruments, tuners, or metronomes, etc. you no longer need.
  • Come with us! If you are a musician, consider traveling with us to Rwanda to teach at the music school.
  • Participate in our “Adopt a student” program
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Here is how you can contribute

We are looking for sponsors, wanting to support orphans through a monthly payment.This way you will enable a child to attend Kigali Music School to receive musical education and to learn to play an instrument.

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