Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker
BBT Award 2009

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker - Biography

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker received support from BBT between 2009 and 2011. This page was last updated in May 2013. For an up to date biography go to

Cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (born 1986) made her international breakthrough with her sensational success at the 8th Rostropovich Competition in Paris in November 2005. Since then she has become one of the most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians of the younger generation.  She began learning the cello at the age of five, with the distinguished German cellist Peter Bruns becoming her principal teacher and continued her studies with Heinrich Schiff. Among the highlights of her career to date are performances with the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Filarmonica della Scala, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Dresden Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Staatskapelle Berlin and Vienna Symphony Orchestra, partnering conductors such as Barenboim, Gergiev, Harding, Hengelbrock, Janowski, Krivine, Luisi, Nagano, Saraste and Dohnányi. In addition, she has appeared in recitals in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Florence, London, Lucerne, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York (Carnegie Hall), Paris, Vancouver and Verbier. This season, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker makes her Schubertiade recital debut and also makes her debut with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin with Marek Janowski, HR Frankfurt Radio Symphony with Jeremie Rhorer, Orchestre des Champs Elysées with Philippe Herreweghe, Münchener Kammerorchester with Alexander Liebreich, Orchestre de L’ Opera Paris with Philippe Jordan, and returns to the Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev. As a chamber musician she appears in concert with her husband Martin Helmchen, Veronika Eberle and Antoine Tamestit. Marie-Elisabeth Hecker plays on a Luigi-Bajoni cello of 1864. She received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2009.

Last updated: May 2013

Not only is the BBT-Award a unique financial aid, but it also establishes ties to great musicians and patrons. The Award inspires work on new ideas and helps me to use the financial means for productive purposes. I am very glad to have met a number of people, who regularly support me, provide advice and help me to find my place in the music world.

Photographs by Benjamin Ealovega