professor Maria Kliegel
- cello class -
Maria Kliegel studied with János Starker at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA.Mstislav Rostropovich described her as La Cellissima: “The best cellist I have heard since Jacqueline du Pré.” She has won many cello competitions namely first prize in the Concours Rostropovich in Paris and Aldo Parisot Competition in Brazil among others, and regularly appears as a soloist worldwide. Her commitment to contemporary music includes world premieres and CD recordings of works by, among others, Alfred Schnittke and Sofia Gubaidulina, and Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann’s Hommage à Nelson Mandela. She is a regular jury member in competitions known for her active involvement in music education and has been teaching a master class at the Cologne University of Music since 1986. In Schott Master Class Cello, her multimedia project published in 2006, she explores completely new paths for learning how to play the instrument and was awarded the Digita special prize for the best German educational software and the Comenius EduMedia seal in 2007. Naxos has been selling the English version Using Technique and Imagination to Achieve Artistic Expression worldwide. After almost three decades of brilliant and critically acclaimed productions for Naxos, Maria Kliegel is the best-selling cellist on CD with over 40 solo CDs and 2 Grammy nominations, her latest release in 2019 on the label GENUIN is “Voyages Sonores” with pianist Oliver Triendl, featuring works by G. Connesson,C. Debussy, F. Poulenc, M. de Falla, among others. Maria Kliegel plays a cello by Carlo Tononi, ca.1730, Venice.
From September 2019 on she will be a faculty member of the Institute
of Musical Excellence in Wroclaw( Breslau), Poland.