Instrumentalists & Ensembles

Maximilian Hornung

— Cello

"Hornung seems to come from another planet. [He] is a man who has reached maturity early, and who combines the cool confidence of a veteran performer with the youthful abandon of a rookie”
- Wolfram Goertz, Die Zeit, January 2011

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra debut of cellist Maximilian Hornung on Friday night added another element of surprise to Strauss’ work [‘Don Quixote’]: His performance seemed to take stock of all this textured material and rise above it all, producing a breath with each statement. (...) Mr. Hornung’s clear-eyed interpretation capably sifted through Strauss’ dense musical material, his tone direct yet warm. Like an able guide navigating through an undiscov­ered forest, he commanded the pace of the work during solo passages while maintaining communication with other musicians.
- Elizabeth Bloom, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 2017

Maximilian Hornung can do so many things well – an enviable mix of technical address, tonal sophistication, and intelligence – and it is not surprising how high a reputation he has already.
Geoffrey Newman, Vancouver Classical Music, September 2015


With his striking musicality, instinctive stylistic certainty and musical maturity, the young cellist Maximilian Hornung is taking the international music scene by storm. Today, he regularly performs as a soloist with such renowned orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony under conductors such as Daniel Harding, Yannick Nézét-Séguin, Mariss Jansons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Semyon Bychkov, Bernard Haitink, Manfred Honeck, Antonello Manacorda, Mario . . .

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