Portrait of cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl

“It is enough to observe Kleinhapl before you can even hear him play and to pay attention to his body language… how he embraces his cello like his true love and you understand immediately that playing the cello is not only a profession for him but it means his life, his exsistence.” (Antonio Brena, Amadeus). Everything in Friedrich Kleinhapls’ performance is different, modern: a special chair, the cello is significantly flat-angled, the bow-bow-arm almost stretched. The meticulous search after his own way is paying back: …”

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Biography of cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl

The Austro-Belgian cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl has performed as soloist and chamber musician in many European, American and Asian major musical centers. Kleinhapl’s international breakthrough came in 2007 when he performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, who described him as „one of the most promising talents of a new generation“. 

In addition to his performances and CD recordings with numerous orchestras as for instance Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Cech Radio Symphony Orchestra a.s.o. great importance is attached to his duo with pianist Andreas Woyke. Friedrich Kleinhapl and his wife Heidrun Maya Hagn are continuously developing arts projects. Together with Andreas Woyke they founded „Get a Hearing – association of artists supporting children with hearing loss“ in 2015.

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