Manuel Fischer-Dieskau – cellist
"Manuel Fischer-Dieskau has a somnambulistic ease with his instrument, developing a sensuality that goes straight to the heart" (Radio K1).
"Like his father at his best, Manuel Fischer-Dieskau knows how to intervene in a way that brings the music to life, he extracts the maximum range of expression from the scores." (MusicWebInternational)
"Manuel Fischer-Dieskau offers suavely toned shaping of the melodies that is both intelligent and expressive" (The Strad Magazine)
Cellist Manuel Fischer-Dieskau is without doubt one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. His experience as a chamber musician and soloist alongside artists such as Christian Zacharias, Cyprien Katsaris, Katja & Marielle Labèque, Sabine Meyer, Viktoria Mullova, François Leleux, Reinhard Goebel or Christoph Poppen, among many others, make him a sought-after and sought-after partner on the international concert podiums.
After studying with Wolfgang Boettcher in Berlin, Janos Starker in the USA as well as William Pleeth in London and Arto Noras in Helsinki, MFD began his professional career as cellist of the internationally renowned Cherubini Quartet, with whom he performed on all the world's major stages until 1995.
MFD has released numerous CD recordings for the EMI - Classics (Warner), Onyx, Phillips and MDG labels, which have received the highest international praise.
His recording of Ludwig van Beethoven's cello sonatas with the exceptional Canadian pianist Connie Shih in 2019 also received boundless critical acclaim: "Rarely does the listener experience such a successful interplay of technical brilliance, artistic mastery and audibly comprehensible joy of playing as in this interpretation of Beethoven's cello sonatas. A unique listening experience!" (Klassik.com)
MFD is also intensively engaged in playing the baroque cello and historically informed performance practice. In 2022 he played all solo suites for violoncello by J.S.Bach on the baroque cello as well as the five-stringed violoncello piccolo in several European countries. The recording of the six suites is planned for 2024.
Another of MFD's passions is composing. In recent years he has written numerous compositions for different instrumentations. For example, his compositions "Drei Gesichter - Concertpoem" for solo cello, "Requiem Viridem" for cello ensemble and recitation, "Oriental Monolog" for double bass solo, "Gesang der Nymphen" for soprano, violin and violoncello, "Lacrimosa" for violoncello and male choir, and his "Concertpiece Asobu" for toypiano and otamatone will be premiered in the 2022/23 season.
MFD is professor of violoncello and chamber music at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz.
He plays a master instrument by the Italian star violin maker Sergio Peresson (1913-1991), the "Stradivarius of the 20th century" (NewYorkTimes).