Born in 1987 in Robert Schumann's hometown of Zwickau, Germany, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker
discovered her love for the cello at the age of four. The distinguished German cellist
Peter Bruns became her principal teacher; throughout her early years, she participated in
family music-making along with her seven brothers and sisters.
At the age of 12, Ms. Hecker won Germany's important Jugend musiziert competition, and
went on to receive a number of important prizes, including the special prize in the 2001
Dotzauer Competition in Dresden and the 2009 Borletti-Buitoni Trust award. Her
international breakthrough came with her sensational success at the 2005 Concours
Rostropovich in Paris: She became the first contestant in the event's history to win both
first prize and two special prizes. Further training with Heinrich Schiff and master
classes with figures such as Anner Bylsma, Frans Helmerson, Bernard Greenhouse, Gary
Hoffman, and Steven Isserlis have also played their part in making Ms. Hecker one of the
most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians of the younger generation.
Ms. Hecker has performed with the Münchner Philharmoniker and Christian Thielemann, Vienna
Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi, Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, Kremerata
Baltica and Gidon Kremer, Dresdner Philharmoniker and Dmitri Kitayenko, Mahler Chamber
Orchestra and Emmanuel Krivine, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Alan Buribayev,
Philharmonia Orchestra and Alexander Shelley, Orchestre de Paris with Marek Janowski, Royal
Flemish Philharmonic with Phillippe Herreweghe, Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim,
Filarmonica della Scala and Daniel Harding, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Kent
Nagano. She has appeared in recitals in Amsterdam, Baden-Baden, Munich, Paris, Barcelona,
Florence, London, Madrid, Vancouver, Verbier, and Lucerne.
In the 2011-2012 season, Ms. Hecker will appear for the first time with Orchestre National
de Belgique under Stefan Blunier, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne under Christian
Zacharias, and Musikkollegium Winterthur under Mario Venzago. As a chamber musician, she
will appear in concert with Martin Helmchen and Christian Tetzlaff, as well as with Louis
Lortie, Alina Ibragimova, and Nils Mönkemeyer.