cellist martin stanzeleit

Martin Stanzeleit

Stanzeleit gets the music to live and breathe...
(Berlingske Tidene, Copenhagen)



Martin Stanzeleit is currently the principal cellist of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore, Martin Stanzeleit appears in numerous solistic concerts throughout the year, both as soloist with orchestra, and in recitals with piano. Besides his solo career, Martin Stanzeleit is dedicating his time to chamber music, be it as member of the Trio Postremo or as organizer of the Only Chamber Music concert series with members of the HSO. Martin Stanzeleit was born 1971 in Bamberg, Germany, into a musical family: His father served as concertmaster of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra, his mother wrote a method for learning the violin ('Der kleine Geiger' at Peters Edition, Frankfurt). Having started to play the violin at the age of three, he changed to the cello at the age of five. Only one year later he won the first prize at the nationwide youth competition 'Jugend musiziert'. Martin Stanzeleit gave his solo debut with orchestra at the age of 13. One year later he entered the special programme for young students at the Folkwang University of Essen, Germany, with Reiner Hochmuth. At the age of 15, his solo appearance with the Westphalian Youth Chamber Orchestra was broadcasted by the West German Radio (WDR), Cologne. Two years later he embarked on a successful concert-tour to Egypt. Furthermore, Martin Stanzeleit was awarded a scholarship by the Richard-Wagner-Foundation, Bayreuth, as well as becoming prizewinner of the Folkwang-Competition, Essen. After graduating high-school, he enrolled at the Folkwang University as a student of Young-Chang Cho, taking his exam with honours in 1995. He further studied with Janos Starker, Ralph Kirshbaum and Ivan Monighetti, before entering the soloist class at the Folkwang-University with Christoph Richter.

After graduating, Martin Stanzeleit became a member of the Royal Danish Orchestra, before following a request by the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra to act as principal cellist under their chief conductor Heinrich Schiff. After giving his solo debut in Copenhagen in 1996, an enthusiastic critic of the biggest Danish newspaper wrote: 'Martin Stanzeleit gets the music to live and breathe... his playing is both ardent and ecstatic, full of lyrical refinement.' From 1996 through 1998, Martin Stanzeleit appeared at the Chamber Music Festival in Anneberg, Denmark, playing together with the violinist Nicolai Znaider and the pianist Kathrine Gislinge, among others. In 1998, Martin Stanzeleit signed a contract with the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra in Japan, to become their principal cellist. Various solo appearances followed since, together with conductors like Norichika Iimori and Kazumasa Watanabe. In 1999, Martin Stanzeleit recorded a CD together with the Sliven Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria, coming back there one year later for another successful series of concerts. At the same time, he appeared as soloist with the Philharmonia George Enescu in Bucarest, Romania. Together with the principal conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazumasa Watanabe, and the concertmaster of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchstra, Ayano Itoh, he started the Trio Postremo in 2002, giving debut recitals in Hiroshima and Tokyo. In 2003, Martin Stanzeleit successfully launched the concert series "Only Chamber Music", which includes artists from the HSO as well as guest players. The series continued into 2004, including a concert with the conductor and violist Henrik Schaefer, a former member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In the spring of 2004, Martin Stanzeleit embarked on a concert tour to Europe, playing three recitals within one week, together with the pianist and composer Filip Pavlov. Furthermore, he was invited to the Arts Festival 2004 in Burgas/Bulgaria, which is sponsored by the European Union Cultural Agency. In Bulgaria, Martin Stanzeleit appeared together with his sister Susanne, to perform the Brahms Double Concerto, which was enthusiastically received by both the audience and critics.



Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra
Musikschule Barbara Stanzeleit