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“Wunderkind” Debut 2
Lionel Martin | Louisa Schwegler
When a young musician not yet 14 is accepted into the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, you can pretty much consider that the equivalent of a knighthood. The cellist Lionel Martin, who was born in 2003 in Filderstadt in southern Germany, received this honor in February 2017 – and the famous violin virtuosa has been his mentor ever since. Martin, who spent his first years in Australia, already knew at three that he wanted to learn to play the cello. He had his first lessons at the age of five with Joseph Hasten, who to this day serves as a guide, and since then he has won a series of first prizes at the “Jugend musiziert” National Competition in Germany, as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He has additionally garnered awards from the Jürgen Ponto Foundation, the German Music Life Foundation, and the Bechstein Foundation. Before making his LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut, which he does with Luisa Schwegler at the keyboard (who is only two years older), Lionel Martin also appeared as the soloist in several orchestral concerts: for example, in May 2017 with the Stuttgart Philharmonic under Dan Ettinger, with whom he played Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.