Austrian cellist Martin Rummel is far more than only a cellist: “Musician, cultural manager, academic, enjoying life”, is how he describes himself, albeit that – besides his academic career – playing the cello remains his “core business”. A growing number (currently almost 60) CD albums for various international labels result in ongoing praise from international press and audiences as well as his reputation as one of the leading cellists of his generation. Numerous premiere recordings and musical rediscoveries testify for Rummel’s belief that content is more important than packaging. “The big task for the next generation is to finally throw out the tuxedo, to focus on what and how music is made rather than on who plays where”, he says.
Martin Rummel is a regular guest of orchestras, festivals and venues across Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, with conductors and chamber music partners of all generations – namedropping is not his. As a pedagogue, he has published a series of editions of all major cello etudes which have become standard worldwide. After teaching positions at the Musikakademie in Kassel (Germany) and the University of Auckland, he was the Head of School at the University of Auckland’s School of Music from 2016 to 2020 and, from 2017 to 2020, an honorary professor at the China Conservatory of Music. At Auckland, he led a comprehensive and fundamental redesign process of the Bachelor and Master of Music offerings. After just over a year as the CEO of JAM MUSIC LAB, Europe’s only music university specializing in jazz and popular music, he took up the position as President at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz effective 1 October 2021. Being a passionate music communicator, he had his own show on Radio Klassik Stephansdom for six years, and writes and talks about music in many different formats.
Rummel is an alumnus of the Brucknerkonservatorium Linz and the Cologne Musikhochschule. His heart lies in a playing tradition that was conveyed to him during a decade of studies with the legendary William Pleeth, always focusing on the music, not the musician.