“Remarkable, really remarkable, perfect playing! Absolute control of technique, intonation and color” Daniel Barenboim
“I really loved his playing” Simon Rattle
Benedict Kloeckner is a highly regarded representative of the new generation of cellists, a great voice for his instrument. He is performing worldwide with renowned orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, German Radio Philharmonic Orchestras, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the NDR and Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Kremerata Baltica, the Slovak Radio Orchestra, Slovak National Orchestra, the Munich chamber orchestra, the Prague chamber orchestra, the Korean chamber orchestra and the Russian and Polish State Philharmonic Orchestras, alongside conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Howard Griffiths, Ingo Metzmacher, Michael Sanderling, Karl Heinz Steffens, Christoph Poppen and Heinrich Schiff.
Championed by such maestros as Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle, he has performed across Europe, North and South America and Asia, at venues including the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York, Symphony Hall in Chicago, John. F Kennedy Center in Washington, Tonhalle Zurich, Cadogan Hall and the Barbican Centre in London, Athenäum Bukarest, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien and Seoul Arts Center.
A keen chamber musician, Benedict Kloeckner is performing with artists such as Sir András Schiff, Anne Sophie Mutter, Anna Fedorova, Gidon Kremer, Christoph Eschenbach, Danae Dörken, Antoine Tamestit, the Carducci and Kuss String Quartets, Emmanuel Ax, Fazil Say, Lisa Batiashvili, Yuri Bashmet, Benjamin Grosvenor, Hyeyoon Park, Lars Vogt and Christian Tetzlaff.
Benedict Kloeckner regularly collaborates with contemporary composers, including Eric Tanguy and Wolfgang Rihm, (whose Cello Concerto “Temptation” he performed in Munich) as well as Howard Blake, who composed a Cello sonata for him. In celebration of his 75th birthday, Howard Blake invited Kloeckner to record his entire repertoire for cello and piano, with himself, for Genuin in cooperation with the SWR. Benedict Klockner has opened the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2017/18 season performing two concertos, one of which was the premiere of Howard Blake’s double concerto. In 2018, he presents the world premiere of Eun-Hwa Cho’s cello concerto with the Korean Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christoph Poppen, during a residency at Seoul Arts Center, as well as the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s double concerto for two Cellos.
In the 2019/2020 season Benedict Kloeckner will be playing Dvorak concerto touring Asia with the Slovak national Orchestra, Beethoven Triple Concerto on several European Tours and the complete 6 Bach Suites in recitals in Berlin, Washington and the Netherlands. Furthermore, he will be on tour in South America Tour with several recitals in Teatro Colon Buenes Aires, São Paulo and Montevideo. He will play concerts with Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, a Schostakovich cello concerto tour with Rheinische Philharmonie/Daniel Raiskin in Germany/ Austria and a US Tour with concerts in New York , Baltimore and Washington.
Benedict Kloeckner's recording catalogue includes a highly acclaimed recording of Robert Schumann’s cello concerto, nominated for the German Record Critics prize, and collaborations with Gidon Kremer, the conductors Heinrich Schiff and Michael Sanderling, the pianists José Gallardo and Anna Fedorova, and the composer and pianist Howard Blake. Future recordings include a CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a recital CD with Danae Dörken.
Since September 2014, Benedict Kloeckner is the artistic director and founder of the “International Music Festival Koblenz” presenting high level chamber music concerts with artists such as Vilde Frang, Tianwa Yang, Boris Giltburg and the Georgian and Munich Chamber orchestras.
Benedict Kloeckner studied with Martin Ostertag, and as a young soloist of the Kronberg Academy Masters with Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman, graciously financed by the “Angela Winkler-Scholarship”, since October 2009. Benedict Kloeckner is also very grateful to Steven Isserlis, Gidon Kremer, Michael Sanderling, and Sir Andras Schiff for the musical insight and support they have offered for his artistic development. He plays an Italian Cello by Francesco Rugeri (Cremona 1680) kindly on loan to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.