Martin Rummel

May 2, 1974
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Martin Rummel is a virtuoso cellist who has infused almost every facet of his career to reflect an uncanny versatility: with a broad repertory of 50 or so concertos and countless other works, from Baroque to contemporary, he regularly appears as soloist with the major orchestras and as a chamber music player, and he has taught at several distinguished music schools and regularly gives master classes. In addition, he has served as director of the Klassik Musikfest Mühlviertel in Oberneukirchen, Austria, and has been artistic director/advisor for several other major musical events. But his talent and activities don't end there: Rummel co-wrote two crime novels, with Reinhard Cebulla, the first of which, Suite Opus 1 (2002), became quite popular. His recording career seems unparalleled: With currently over 40 albums internationally available, he might be considered the most recorded cellist of his generation.


Rummel has premiered various concertos, including those by Helmut Rogl (1994) and Graham Whettam (2000), and he has given the first national performance of numerous works, including by Gubaidulina, Howard Blake, Matthias Pintscher and Morton Feldman. Yet Rummel, the "champion of the contemporary," also plays Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, and Reger with utter conviction and masterly insight. Besides currently being Head of School at the University of Auckland's School of Music, he is also the owner and mastermind of paladino media.