When and where was your first concert with the MCO? In Ferrara, 2002, the Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz under the direction of Mark Minkowski.
What is your most memorable moment with the orchestra? The very first rehearsal in Ferrara.
What do you need to feel at home while on tour? Privacy and concentration.
The first piece of music you fell in love with: The Entertainer by Scott Joplin.
What’s the last book you read? Italian Language Course Level 1.
Originally from Bonn, Germany, Martin Piechotta devoted himself to the study of historical performance practice of early music and techniques and tonal range of historical instruments at the Cologne Conservatory.
He has performed throughout Europe as well as in Israel, the Ukraine, and China, with specialist ensembles such as the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Musica Antiqua Cologne, Les Musiciens du Louvre, and Concentus Musicus Vienna. Martin has played with these groups under numerous renowned conductors, among them Joshua Rifkin, Roger Norrington, Marc Minkowski, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
In addition to early music, Martin’s repertoire spans a large number of classical and romantic works, as well as contemporary concert and opera literature, acquired during his 7-year tenure as solo timpanist of the Stadttheater Orchestra Trier, his longstanding membership with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and through regular appearances at many international opera houses and concert halls.
He has played with the Münchner Kammerorchester, the RSB-Berlin, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and since 2011 is a permanent guest in the orchestra of La Scala in Milan.