“[...] a tempting concept to present Rummel as the latest candidate for ‘most distinguished Viennese cellist of today’. And perhaps he is.” wrote David W Moore in the American Record Guide about Martin Rummel’s album of Merk’s “Fleurs d’Italie” (Naxos) in 2013.
The cellist, born in 1974, can currently be heard on nearly 40 albums, the last of which to have raised international attention being the premiere recording of the Complete Cello Concertos by the Baroque composer Andrea Zani together with Die Kölner Akademie for Capriccio – an unparalleled recording career in Rummel’s generation. Martin Rummel is a regular guest at venues such as the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, de Doelen in Rotterdam or the Krannert Center in Urbana, in short: leading festivals, venues and orchestras in Europe, the US, Asia and the Pacifics. His playing is frequently honored with standing ovations from audiences, be it for concerto appearances such as his American debut with Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo Variations” or his extraordinary performances of the Complete Bach Cello Suites in one evening.
Besides Wilfried Tachezi in Salzburg and Maria Kliegel in Cologne, it is mainly the legendary William Pleeth who was responsible for Martin Rummel’s education. Having studied with Pleeth for nearly ten years and being his last pupil, Mr Rummel now sees this legacy as an obligation. Being the editor of all major cello etudes for Bärenreiter-Verlag and having held teaching positions at the Musikakademie Kassel as well as The University of Auckland, he has become a renowned pedagogue in his own right. Mr Rummel is frequently invited to give masterclasses all over the world at institutions such as the Shanghai and New England Conservatories, the Longy School of Music, Folkwang University of the Arts, the International Summer Academy in Lenk or the University of St Andrews.
As a chamber musician, Martin Rummel is connected with colleagues and Ensembles of all generations, including artists such as Dimitri Ashkenazy, Friedemann Eichhorn, Homero Francesch, Christopher Hinterhuber, Roland Krüger, Elsbeth Moser, Lena Neudauer, Linus Roth, Norman Shetler or Hugo Ticciati.
A special concern for Martin Rummel is direct contact to the listener. As owner and mastermind of the music company paladino he shows the same ability for musical programming as he did from 2007 to 2012 being the artistic director of the “Klassik Musikfest Mühlviertel” and the “Wiener Gitarrefestival”. Mr Rummel also hosts a monthly radio show on Radio Stephansdom and is the president of an association of the Austrian independent classical music producing companies.
Besides his famous old Italian instrument Martin Rummel recently began to frequently use a cello by Martin Horvat from 2010, both individually strung by Thomastik-Infeld, Vienna.