Maximilian Hornung

Maximilian Hornung

Maximilian Hornung

With his striking musicality, instinctive stylistic certainty and musical maturity, the young cellist Maximilian Hornung, whose career began when he won the German Music Council’s Competition in 2005, is taking the international music scene by storm.


Maximilian Hornung received an ECHO Klassik prize for 'Best Newcomer of the Year' for his first Sony recording, followed by an ECHO Klassik prize for 'Best Concerto Recording of the Year' for his recording of Dvorák’s Cello Concerto with the Bamberg Symphony under Sebastian Tewinkel.

He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen and produced an album of Richard Strauss' most important works for cello, as well as an album of cello concertos by Joseph Haydn and Vaja Azarashvili with the Kammerakademie Potsdam under Antonello Manacorda on Sony Classical.

Particular highlights include his performances of Brahms' Double Concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons, as well as with Lisa Batiashvili and the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézét-Séguin.

Born in Augsburg in 1986, Hornung began taking cello lessons at the age of eight. He studied under Eldar Issakadze, Thomas Grossenbacher and David Geringas. As cellist of the Tecchler Trio, in which he played until 2011, he won the First Prize of the ARD Music Competition. Hornung is supported and sponsored by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Circle of Friends Foundation and Borletti-Buitoni Trust London.