Martin Helmchen piano
A young German pianist passionate about chamber music, Martin Helmchen gives his first recital at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Martin Helmchen is the most serious, enduring figure on the German piano scene, embodying the most absolute devotion to music and to music alone. This 30-year-old musician, who so seldom gives recitals in France, has no interest in superficial showiness. All that matters to him is to serve the composers. This modesty does not rule out a certain ambition, though, and a taste for a gamble, as this impressive programme shows. What could be more remarkable than beginning with Mendelssohn's demanding Serious Variations, then following up with the monumental Diabelli Variations, the make-or-break piece that is Beethoven's wildest, most alive and most enraged work for the piano?