Associate Professor Martin Rummel

Konzertexamen (Musikhochschule Köln), Diplom (equal MMus, Musikhochschule Köln), DipMus (Bruckner-Konservatorium Linz)


"[…] a tempting concept to present Rummel as the latest candidate for ‘most distinguished Viennese cellist of today’. And perhaps he is.” wrote David W Moore in the "American Record Guide" about Martin Rummel’s album of Merk’s Fleurs d’Italie (Naxos), and Roger-Claude Travers ("Diapason"), reviewing his recording of Andrea Zani's Complete Cello Concertos, stated: "L’interprétation de Martin Rummel, d’une modestie sérieuse, séduit par l’honnêteté du discours, sans pathos excessif."

Born in 1974, Martin Rummel is not only the last pupil of the legendary William Pleeth, but also with over 50 CD albums on labels such as Naxos, Capriccio and Musicaphon one of the most distinguished cellists of his generation. As a soloist and chamber musician he regularly performs with orchestras and at festivals and venues throughout Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. Recent seasons saw concerts at venues such as the Vienna Musikverein as well as at "alternative" venues (e.g. Klärchens Ballhaus in Berlin) alongside concerto engagements with orchestras such as the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the the Orquestra Sinfónica de Chile, the Orquestra Filarmónica de Santiago and Die Kölner Akademie. Chamber music concerts led to collaborations with artists such as Dimitri and Vovka Ashkenazy, Walter Auer, Alfred Brendel, Nicolas Deautricourt, Mei Yi Foo, Homero Francesch, Lena Neudauer, Menahem Pressler, Norman Shetler, Hugo Ticciati and many other renowned musicians of all generations.

Not only because of his editions of all major cello etudes for Bärenreiter-Verlag he is a well-respected pedagogue and is regularly invited to give masterclasses all over the world at institutions such as the New England Conservatory and the Longy School in Boston, the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, the Orchesterzentrum in Dortmund, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Universidad de Chile, the University of Andrews or the Internationale Sommerakademie Lenk, to name only a few. Since 2017, he has been an Honorary Professor at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

Furthermore, he is a passionate ambassador for classical music – as such he is the owner and mastermind of paladino media, with four CD labels (KAIROS, paladino music, Orlando Records and Austrian Gramophone), a publishing house and a distribution company being one of Europe's most diversified business in the classical music industry.

Since the mid-1990s, he owned or had various famous instruments on loan, by makers such as Matteo Goffriller ("Sabatier", 1690), Giacomo Zanoli (1737), Tommaso Balestrieri (1778), Georges Chanot (1840), and the "Ex Tolbecque" by Gustave Bernardel (1898). He currently enjoys playing a cello by Martin Horvat, Cremona 2010. For all his instruments, he uses hand-made strings by Thomastik-Infeld, Vienna.

Research | Current

Recent and upcoming performances include concerts at the Musikverein in Vienna, concerto appearances with the Orquestra Filarmóniqua de Santiago (Chile), Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and others, as well as recordings for the Naxos, Capriccio and paladino music labels. Upcoming sheet music editions include the first print of Sir Eugene Goosens' version of Handel's "Messiah" for full symphony orchestra as well as contributions towards the first edition of David Popper's complete works.

Teaching | Current

Due to his current role as Head of School, Associate Professor Martin Rummel is not teaching a cello studio at the University of Auckland. If you want to enrol in a postgraduate degree (MMus, DMA, PhD) under his supervision, do not hesitate to get in touch!

Postgraduate supervision

Performance students in the BMus (Hons), MMus, PGDip and DMA degrees.


2017: Appointment as Honorary Professor to the China Conservatory of Music
2012: Pizzicato Supersonic Award for CD "Zani, Complete Cello Concertos"
since 2010: Endorsement artist of Thomastik-Infeld, Vienna


Responsibilities include:
– Developing the school academic plan, and providing academic leadership of the teaching, research and service of the school. There is an objective of continuously improving school academic quality of each of these area
– Building and developing relationships within the faculty, with other faculties and areas, and external to the University, in the University’s academic interests
– Establishing the school staffing plan to provide the teaching, research and service achievements of the school
– Ensuring that HR policies and practices are followed within the school, the performance of each staff member is reviewed annually, and that such staff development or other actions as may be necessary are taken following such reviews
– Ensuring that the school meets its responsibilities in respect of each of equal educational opportunities and equal employment opportunities under the terms of the State Sector Act, the Education Act, and University of Auckland policy
– The financial management of the school, both the operating budget (revenue and costs) and the capital budget
– Arranging to delegate tasks from these responsibilities amongst other senior academic staff, in accordance with policy and as may be appropriate
– Authority over, and be responsible for, school Health and Safety management. 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

ex officio:
various School of Music and Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries committees
University of Auckland Senate

editorial board of "NU Magazin"
Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Rummel, M. (Ed.) (2017). Grützmacher: Technologie des Violoncellospiels: Vierundzwanzig Etuden fur violoncello solo: Technology of violoncello playing op. 38: Twenty-four etudes for violoncello solo (2nd (rev)) Kassel, Germany: Bärenreiter. BA6997.
  • Rummel, M. Fantasia on Sussex folk tunes (1924/25): for cello and orchestra, 1/1/2017. [CD], Ralph Vaughn Williams: The poisoned kiss, Fantasia on Sussex folk times, Bucolic suite, In the Fen country, The England of Elizabeth.
  • Auer, W., Rummel, M., & Hinterhuber, C. Auer, Rummel, Hinterhuber, 14/1/2015. [Live Concert], (2 hours), , Musikverein, Vienna, Austria. Commissioning body: Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien

Contact details

Alternative contact

General Management
polaris artists management
Custozzagasse 8/2a
1030 Vienna

Project Management
Mark Stephan Buhl Artists Management
Geylinggasse 1
1130 Vienna

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 101
New Zealand

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