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"Apollonically inspired tones that spread far their arms of hardly graspable beauty and spiritual depth" Südwest-Presse
Lionel Martin was born in 2003 in Filderstadt, Germany and spent his first two years of life in Perth, Australia. At the age of 5, he began playing the cello at the Tübingen Music School with Joseph Hasten, who still teaches him today. Since 2018 Lionel has additional lessons with Thomas Grossenbacher in Zurich. In his very active participation in "Jugend Musiziert" Lionel has been awarded many first national prizes including the highest score in the category cello solo. He has received numerous prizes, including from the Jürgen-Ponto Stiftung, the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the Bechstein Stiftung. In addition to his solo performances, Lionel particularly loves playing chamber music. He performs with various ensembles all over the world and leads the cello ensemble ±12Vc. In October 2017, the cello ensemble of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben engaged him to perform in the great hall of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
After frequent performances of the Haydn C major Concerto, Lionel had his debut concert with Tchaikovsky's Variations over a Rococo Theme in the Liederhalle with the Stuttgarter Philharmonie conducted by Dan Ettinger. This was followed by solo performances with the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra at the Rococo Theater Schwetzingen (2017), the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra in Lithuania, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra at the Oberstdorfer Musiksommer 2018, the Youth Symphony Orchestra Tübingen with Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and the Elgar Cello Concerto and the Lüneburg Bach Orchestra.
Since 2018 he performed in various recitals, including at the Lucerne Festival. In June 2019 he had a concert tour to Japan performing the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto with the Youth Chamber Orchestra Stuttgart. For 2019 Lionel has been nominated for the "Prix Young Artist of the Year" at the Festival of Nations in Bad Wörishofen, where he performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.
In October 2019 he joined Mutter’s Virtuosi for a South America tournee.
He received important inspiration from lessons with Martti Rousi, Jens-Peter Maintz, Jan Vogler, Lynn Harrell and Yo-Yo Ma.
Lionel joined the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation as a scholarship holder in February 2017.