Maria Kliegel

Biography

Born: November 14, 1952; Essen, Germany  
Finding her career expending quickly after winning the 1981 Concours Rostropovich in Paris, Maria Kliegel achieved celebrity for both her commanding live performances and her extensive discography on the Naxos label. Her repertory is wide and varied, embracing compositions of her own time as well as standard works from the Baroque period forward. She has lived up to Mstislav Rostropovich's assessment: "the best cellist I've heard since Jacqueline Read more du Pré."

After undertaking studies with Janos Starker at Indiana University, Kliegel began winning first prizes in several competitions in America and Europe, including the First German Music Competition, and was chosen for the Concerts with Young Artists program. After enjoying the publicity that followed her first prize in the Rostropovich competition, she began touring and was accompanied by Rostropovich himself. Her attractive appearance brought offers of television appearances, and by 1990 her recording of Alfred Schnittke's first cello concerto brought acknowledgement from the composer himself that hers was a definitive interpretation. For Naxos, Kliegel has recorded most of the core cello repertory, becoming in the process a leading cellist in worldwide sales. The concertos of Beethoven, Bloch, Brahms, Bruch, Dohnányi, Dvorák, Elgar, Saint-Saëns, Shostakovich, Schumann, Tavener, and Tchaikovsky have all been preserved on disc, as have numerous chamber works by such composers as Gubaydulina, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Schubert. Several of these recordings were honored as editor's choices. Another major recording project has been the complete Haydn concertos with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra. Beginning in 1986, Kliegel has conducted master classes at the Cologne Music Academy. In 1999, she participated in two events honoring the 75th birthday of her teacher Janos Starker. The first took place in Kronberg at the International Cello Academy; the second was held at Indiana University, where she performed with the Indiana University Philharmonic directed by Rostropovich. Kliegel performs on the ex-Gendron Stradivarius of 1693 owned for three decades by Maurice Gendron. In addition to her concert performances and recording projects, Kliegel has won acknowledgement for her broader services to music. In 1998 she was appointed a board member of the Deutscher Musikrat; she was also awarded the North-Rhine Westphalia Order of Merit. Read less
Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata; Schumann / Kliegel, Merscher
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550654   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Cello Sonatas / Maria Kliegel, Kristin Merscher
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550656   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Double Concerto;  Schumann: Cello Concerto / Kliegel
Release Date: 06/27/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550938   Number of Discs: 1
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Kodály: Music For Cello / Maria Kliegel, Jenö Jandó
Release Date: 12/17/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553160   Number of Discs: 1
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Saint-saëns: Cello Concertos, Etc / Kliegel, Monnard, Et Al
Release Date: 04/08/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553039   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    The Very Best Of Elgar
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552133 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Dong-Suk Kang,  Sarah Connolly,  William Kendall,  Sarah Fryer  ... 
    Conductor:  Adrian Leaper,  James Judd,  Simon Wright,  David Hill  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Shostakovich
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552129 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Konstantin Scherbakov,  Ekaterina Saranceva,  Dmitry Yablonsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Lyndon-Gee,  Antoni Wit,  Ladislav Slovák,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Éder String Quartet,  Stockholm Arts Piano Trio  ... 
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  • 28.
    Chill With Beethoven
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556790 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Teodora Miteva,  Peter Schmidl,  Madoka Inui,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Kenneth Jean,  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 29.
    Linde: Violin, Cello Concertos / Gomyo, Kliegel, Gävle So
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557855 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bo Linde
    Performer:  Karen Gomyo,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Petter Sundkvist
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gavle Symphony Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Virtuoso Cello Encores / Maria Kliegel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557943 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  George Gershwin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Raimund Havenith
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  • 31.
    The Very Best Of Beethoven
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552105-06 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Csaba Onczay,  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó,  Stefan Vladar  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Béla Drahos,  Kenneth Schermerhorn,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Nicolaus Esterházy Chorus  ... 
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  • 32.
    The Very Best Of Chopin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552107-08 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Bernd Glemser,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios Vol 1/ Xyrion Trio
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557723 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Ida Bieler,  Maria Kliegel,  Nina Tichman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Xyrion Trio
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  • 34.
    Schnittke: Cello Concerto, Stille Musik, Etc / Maria Kliegel
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8223334 Release Date: 06/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Raimund Havenith,  Burkhard Godhoff
    Conductor:  Gerhard Markson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Green
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557840 Release Date: 05/24/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Frank Bridge,  Bedrich Smetana,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Paul Gulda,  Jan Van Reeth,  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Jean-François Monnard,  James Judd,  Antoni Wit,  David Lloyd-Jones  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Sinfonietta,  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 36.
    Bach: Cello Suites / Kliegel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557280-81 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel
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  • 37.
    Beethoven: Cello Sonatas No 4 & 5, Etc / Kliegel, Tichman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555787 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Nina Tichman,  Tabea Zimmermann
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  • 38.
    John Tavener - A Portrait
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558152-53 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Tavener
    Performer:  Jorja Fleezanis,  Jacqueline Thomas,  Ian Belton,  Andrew Haveron  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Goodwin,  Christopher Robinson,  Lionel Friend,  Takuo Yuasa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Chorale,  Minnesota Orchestra,  Brodsky String Quartet  ... 
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  • 39.
    Art And Music - Van Gogh - Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558068 Release Date: 03/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  César Franck,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Michaël Levinas,  Arnaldo Cohen,  Hidenori Komatsu
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Hervé Niquet,  Johannes Wildner,  Cord Garben
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Quatuor Ludwig,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Beethoven: Cello Sonata No 3, Etc / Kliegel, Tichman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555786 Release Date: 03/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Nina Tichman
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  • 41.
    Life And Works - Johannes Brahms / Jeremy Siepmann
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558071-74 Release Date: 01/21/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Christian Köhn,  Silke-Thora Matthies,  Jenö Keveházi  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Antoni Wit,  Andrew Constantine,  Robert Jones  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stuttgart Soloists,  Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    The Instruments Of The Orchestra / Jeremy Siepmann
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558040-46 Release Date: 12/03/2002   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Idil Biret,  Tedi Papavrami,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit,  Richard Edlinger,  Takuo Yuasa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Beethoven: Cello Sonatas No 1 & 2, Etc / Kliegel, Tichman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555785 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Nina Tichman
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  • 44.
    Classical Heat
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8520102 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Aram Khachaturian,  Alberto Ginastera,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Bramall,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Marat Bisengaliev,  Kenneth Jean  ... 
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones,  Anthony Bramall,  Enrique Bátiz,  Johannes Wildner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Festival Orchestra of Mexico  ... 
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  • 45.
    Andante Cantabile - Romantic Music For Cello And Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555764 Release Date: 02/19/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Carl Stamitz,  Max Bruch,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Vytautas Sondeckis,  Maria Kliegel,  Christian Benda,  Alexander Rudin  ... 
    Conductor:  David Geringas,  Gerhard Markson,  Michael Halász,  Jean-François Monnard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra,  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Prague Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    The Best Of Naxos Vol 9
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8551202 Release Date: 01/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Schilli,  Hellen Kwon,  Maria Kliegel,  Gábor Fias  ... 
    Conductor:  Piergiorgio Morandi,  Michael Halász,  Gerhard Markson,  Alberto Turco  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra,  Failoni Chamber Orchestra,  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland  ... 
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  • 47.
    Haydn: Cello Concertos / Kliegel, Müller-brühl, Cologne Co
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555041 Release Date: 10/16/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Night Music 12 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556612 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Charles Hubert Parry,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Zdenek Tylsar,  Bedrich Tylsar,  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Adrian Leaper,  Jaroslav Dvorák,  James Loughran,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Villa Musica Ensemble  ... 
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  • 49.
    Night Music 17 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556617 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gioachino Rossini,  Georges Bizet,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Raimund Havenith,  Maria Kliegel,  Nora Mercz,  János Bálint  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek,  John Georgiadis,  Mátyás Antal,  György Lehel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schubert Ensemble of Budapest,  Budapest Rossini Ensemble,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 50.
    Life And Works - Frédéric Chopin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558001-04 Release Date: 07/17/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Bernd Glemser,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
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