Martin Rummel is a virtuoso cellist who has infused almost every facet of his career to reflect an uncanny versatility: with a broad repertory of 40 or so concertos and countless other works, from Baroque to contemporary (lots of contemporary!), he regularly appears as soloist with the major orchestras and as a chamber music player, and he has taught at several distinguished music schools and regularly gives master classes. In addition, he has served as director of the Klassik Musikfest Mühlviertel in Oberneukirchen, Austria, and has been artistic director/advisor for several other major musical events. But his talent and activities don't end there: Rummel co-wrote two crime novels, with Reinhard Cebulla, the first of which, Suite Opus 1 (2002), became quite popular. Rummel has premiered 20 or so concertos, including those by Helmut Rogl (1994) and Graham Whettam (2000), and he has given the first Austrian performance of numerous works, including by Gubaidulina, Howard Blake, and Morton Feldman. Yet Rummel, the "champion of the contemporary," also plays J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, and Reger with utter conviction and masterly insight. Rummel has made numerous recordings, most appearing on Musicaphon and Redcliffe Recordings.
Martin Rummel was born in Linz, Austria, on May 2, 1974. He studied cello from eight years of age with Wilfred Tachezi. He had later studies with Maria Kliegel at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, from where he graduated in 1997. He also worked with William Pleeth in London.
Rummel's interest in contemporary music was fueled when, at 16, he met composer Alfred Schnittke. From about 1993, when he premiered the Cello Sonata of Graham Whettam, Rummel has been devoted to introducing new works. In 1996 Rummel's first recording appeared on Musicaphon, the Concertino for cello by Martinu. Rummel soon found time for teaching, working at the International Summer Academy Kurt Pahlen Lenk in Switzerland (1999-2003), and, from 2000, at the Music Academy in Kassel, Germany.
By the early years of the new century Rummel's concert career was in full bloom throughout Europe. His American debut was in 2000, the year he began serving as artistic director of the Kammermusik Festival in Wilhering, Austria. Rummel's second collaboration with Reinhard Cebulla resulted in the 2005 novel Suite Opus 3. In 2009 Rummel was appointed senior lecturer in cello performance at the University of Auckland. Among Rummel's later recordings is the 2008 Musicaphon CD of sonatas by J.S. Bach and Reger.