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Michael Hell, Cello

was born in Vienna into a family of musicians. He studied cello at Vienna University of Music and completed his studies with distinction in 1980. In 1981 he joined the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra as principal solo cellist. He has performed cello concertos with many well-known conductors including Christoph von Dohnanyi, Herbert Blomstedt, Hiroshi Wakasugi, Dmitrij Kitajenko and Maxim Shostakowich amongst many others. For many years Hell worked on the phenomenological aspects of the music under Sergiu Celibidache. As a solo player, chamber musician and teacher Michael Hell has travelled in many European countries, Southern America and is a regular guest in Japan. He has participated in numerous festivals, as well as in CD, radio and television recordings.

For his services to culture he was appointed Professor by the Federal president of Austria in 2008. He is teaching a cello class at the Innsbruck Conservatory of Music.

In January 2012 Michael Hell and Micaela Gelius released their Duo CD Liebesfreud & Liebesleid.