Austrian cellist Martin Rummel is not only the last pupil of the legendary William Pleeth (who also taught Jacqueline du Pré), but also widely regarded as the most recorded cellist of his generation, with 50 CD albums currently internationally available.
His discoveries are praised worldwide, e.g. works by Joseph Merk or Julius Klengel on the Naxos label, or Zani: Complete Cello Concertos and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes for cello and orchestra on Capriccio. As a soloist and as a chamber musician, he is a regular guest with orchestras, at venues and festivals throughout Europe, Australasia and the Americas, working with conductors such as Thomas Sanderling, Konstantin Chudovsky or Karl-Heinz Steffens. His chamber music partners include renowned musicians of all generations, such as pianist legends Menahem Pressler and Norman Shetler, violinists Hugo Ticciati and Lena Neudauer, various principal players of the Vienna Philharmonic or clarinetist Dimitri Ashkenazy. As a pedagogue, he is known as the editor of a series of all major cello etudes for Bärenreiter, which has become standard at the tertiary level worldwide. Mr Rummel is currently Head of the School of Music at the University of Auckland, and he is the owner and mastermind of paladino media (with its labels KAIROS, paladino music, Orlando Records and Austrian Gramophone). He currently plays a cello by Martin Horvat, Cremona 2010, and is an endorsement artist for Thomastik-Infeld, Vienna.