Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Maximilian Hornung
BBT Fellowship 2012

Maximilian Hornung - Biography

Maximilian Hornung received support from BBT between 2012 and 2013 when this page was last updated.  For an up-to-date biography visit

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. Highlights of the season of 2013/14 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 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. Since 2010, Maximilian Hornung has held an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical. Maximilian Hornung has received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and is supported and sponsored by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Circle of Friends Foundation.

The BBTrust is just wonderful! The support they give you is absolutely unique, essential and outstanding, especially today when it is so much more important to get the support which really fits you and makes your ideas come true. I’m very honoured to be part of this great family and deeply thankful to work with them on what I love: making music!

Photographs by Marco Borggreve