Rudolf Metzmacher

Rudolf Metzmacher, born in 1906 in Schwerine, Germany, received his early musical training from his parents. His studies continued at the Leipzig conservatory, where he studied with Julius Klengel from 1924 to 1927, followed by studies with Hans Muench in Holland. His studies with Diran Alexanian and HugoBecker were instrumental in moulding his personal style of playing the cello.

Following his studies, he was engaged as the first solo cellist with the Staedtiche Orchestra in Stettin, Germany, and in 1930 he was awarded the position of concertmaster of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra followed by concertmaster of the Hamburg Philharmonic Staatsorchestra in 1934. In 1938, he accepted a position as professor at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Frankfurt/ Main, Germany, where he continued to teach until 1951.

He then accepted a position at the academy in Hannover that later was named the Staatliche Hochschule (state conservatory) für Musik und Theater. Mr. Metzmacher also received contracts to teach from the Schleswig-Holstein Music Academy in Luebeck, Germany, and the Staatmusikschule in Brunswick, Germany.

Mr. Metzmacher gained international recognition as a soloist during the time he was a member of the Stross Quartet and during the many years he was a cellist with the Festspiel Orchestra of Bayreuth, Germany. By adhering to stylistic responsibility and technical perfection, he developed a personal style which earned him the recognition he now has as one of the outstanding cellists of our time.


Nökleberg, born in Norway in 1944, studied piano with Nicolai Dirdal and Hans Leygraf as well as clavichord with Lajos Rovatkay with whom he specialized in the interpretation of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Winner of both Scandinavian and international competitions, he has given concerts throughout Germany

In 1975 he was given a chair at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany. He now teaches at the music conservatory in Oslo, Norway. Mr. Steen-Nökleberg has concertized throughout Europe and the former USSR, the USA, South America and Japan as well as other countries in the Orient.

Mr. Steen-Nökleberg is in demand as a teacher and jurist at piano competitions such as the Gina Bachaer International Piano Competition and the Grieg International Piano Competition. He’s also the President of the European Piano Teachers Association for 2001.

Renowned for his interpretations of the music of Grieg, Mr. Steen-Nökleberg recently published the book Onstage with Grieg and is editor of the new Henle edition of the complete Grieg piano works, all of which he has recorded on the Naxos label.

“I am a relative newcomer to BriosoRecordings®... yesterday I got BR 100. This is a truly revelatory performance of the Beethoven cello sonatas... Metzmacher is to the cello what Backhaus was to the piano. Rock solid, very musical, deeply humane. I knew Steen-Nokleberg from his series of Grieg's piano works on Naxos, and he is once again in top form here. This goes right to the top, alongside Piatigorsky/ Solomon.”
Greg Weis, Associate Professor of Philosophy, USC Aiken

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