Maximilian Hornung CELLO

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.

Maximilian Hornung regularly performs as a soloist with such renowned orchestras as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo under conductors such as Daniel Harding, Jiří Bělohlávek, Heinrich Schiff, Yakov Kreizberg, Bernard Haitink and Manfred Honeck. His chamber music partners include Anne-Sophie Mutter, Christian Tetzlaff, Lisa Batiashvili, Francois Leleux, Igor Levit, Yefim Bronfman, Jörg Widmann and Tabea Zimmermann. He has appeared at numerous festivals, including the 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 the Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall.

Highlights of the season of 2014/14 include his recital debut at the Lucerne Festival, his debuts with the Czech Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony under Manfred Honeck, his concerts with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under Robin Ticciati as well as his debut as a soloist at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Het Gelders Orkest under Antonello Manacorda. Furthermore, he will perform for the first time with the Hamburg Symphony under Ion Marin and with the Bamberg Symphony under Krzysztof Urbánski, and embark on a tour of Japan with solo recitals and in duo recital with pianist Hisako Kawamura. Maximilian Hornung, who was born in Augsburg, is particularly looking forward to being the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s Artist-in-Residence in 2013/14.

Maximilian Hornung 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. Since 2010, Maximilian Hornung has held an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical. He also recorded for Genuin, Bridge Records, CC ClassicClips and CPO. Maximilian Hornung is supported and sponsored by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Circle of Friends Foundation and Borletti-Buitoni Trust London.