Friedrich Kleinhapl

Cellist @ Hagn Arts

The Austro-Belgian cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the major musical centres from Europe, North, Central and South America to Japan and China. Kleinhapl has collaborated with renowned fellow artists of different disciplines such as the viola player Gérard Caussé, singers as Christa Ludwig, actors as Peter Simonischek or renowned dancers like Maria Yakovleva.

He finished his cellist education with Philippe Muller in Paris and gained many valuable artistic impulses and encouragements from his collaborations with personalities as Claudio Abbado, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Paul Tortelier and Tibor Varga. Kleinhapl’s international breakthrough came in 2007 when he performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. An international stir was caused by the CD release of Beethoven´s 5 cello sonatas, which he had recorded with his congenial duo-partner, German pianist Andreas Woyke. Friedrich Kleinhapl´s repertoire consists not only of classical standard works but also of rarely performed works. Beyond that, the cellist has gained a formidable reputation as a performer of contemporary literature, since he first performed quite a lot of cello concertos at well-known festivals. So far the cellist has recorded 15 CDs, many of them awarded international prizes.

Since 1998, Kleinhapl is performing on different precious violoncelli on loan from the Austrian National Bank’s instrument collection. Friedrich Kleinhapl and his wife Heidrun Maya Hagn are continuously developing art projects. (hagn-arts.com) Together with Andreas Woyke they founded “Get a Hearing – association of artists supporting children with hearing loss” in 2015. (getahearing.com)