Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Martin Helmchen
BBT Fellowship 2004

Martin Helmchen - Audio

Martin Helmchen: BBT Winners 2004

Martin Helmchen piano

Live recording, Clara Haskil Piano Competition (Beethoven)
Demo recording, Classical Recording Company (Janácek)

Jonathan Swain introduces two recordings, including one of Martin Helmchen’s winning performance at the Clara Haskil Piano Competition on 11 September 2001. This track was produced for BBT as part of an audio CD and CD-ROM, showcasing its 2004 winners. An accompanying film profile of Martin Helmchen is also on this website.


Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No 1 Op 35
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No 2 Op 102
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor Op 57

Martin Helmchen piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
with Paul Beniston trumpet

LPO – 0053 |

As part of his 2004 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Martin Helmchen teamed up in concert and for this LPO Live recording, with Vladimir Jurowski conducting, for a disc of Shostakovich. It captures the emotional exuberance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concertos in concert and Helmchen’s affinity for the works which he has played his whole life.

The two concertos are complemented by a recording – with LPO soloists – of Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet. BBT’s film about the recording of this CD, including performances of both concertos can be watched here.

Schubert Trout Quintet

Martin Helmchen piano
Christian Tetzlaff violin
Antoine Tamestit viola
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker cello
Alois Posch double bass

PTC 5186 334 |

Three BBT Award Winners – Martin Helmchen, Antoine Tamestit and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker – are joined by BBT Honorary Committee member Christian Tetzlaff on Pentatone Classics for Schubert’s Trout Quintet.

“More completely satisfactory than any account I have ever heard of this work”
BBC Music Magazine, July 2009

Martin Helmchen

Janáček: Piano Sonata 1.X.1905From the Streets

Martin Helmchen piano

Classical Recording Company

Martin Helmchen chose to spend some of his 2004 BBT Fellowship budget on making a professional demo recording of Janácek’s intense two-movement sonata, 1.X.1905.