Martin Helmchen, born 1982 in Berlin, has studied with Galina Iwanzowa and Arie Vardi. He is first prize winner of the Clara Haskil Competition and beyond that, has won numerous other distinctions like the Prix Young Artist of the Year and the Credit Suisse Group Young Artist Award 2006. Martin Helmchen plays concerts in important halls and festivals such as Musikhalle Hamburg, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Herkulessaal Munich, Tonhalle Zurich, Salle Gaveau Paris, Piano Festival Ruhr, Rheingau Music Festival. Martin Helmchen cultivates active collaboration with prominent orchestras like DSO Berlin, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Munic Kammerorchester, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, with well-known conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Christoph Poppen. Chamber music partner among others of Gidon Kremer, Heinrich Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff and Tabea Zimmermann. Martin Helmchen records for the Pentatone label.