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Heike Matthiesen
Official biography

Short Version

Charismatic stage presence united with an overwhelming joy of playing: Heike Matthiesen is an unparalleled exception in today’s guitar world with intelligent programs which always fascinate her audience. The press writes about her, using superlatives like: „Guitar music to bow down to“, “World Class”, “Wonderful”.

Heike Matthiesen’s artistic development has been unique in the classical music scene: Changing from the piano to the guitar when she was 18, she  began her studies at the Frankfurt College of Music and Dramatic Arts. Two years later she began to play with the Frankfurt Opera’s orchestra, and developed into a sought-after chamber musician. After receiving her diploma, she became a master-class pupil of Pepe Romero.

Concerts as a soloist and chamber musician found Heike Matthiesen appearing throughout the whole of Europe as well as in countries like China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Japan, Equatorial Guinea and the USA. Repeatedly, she has been a featured guest in worldwide guitar festivals.

The 4 CDs which she has released highlight the scope of her musical range. The in-depth study she invested in researching her last CD „Guitar Ladies“, led Heike Matthiesen to become increasingly involved, in an honorary capacity, in the Woman and Music Archive in Frankfurt: the largest collection of works of female composers in the world.

Long Version

Charismatic stage presence united with an overwhelming joy of playing: Heike Matthiesen is an unparalleled exception in today’s guitar world with intelligent programs which always fascinate her audience. The press writes about her, using superlatives like: „Guitar music to bow down to“, “World Class”, “Wonderful”. In 2016, her CD „Guitar Ladies“ was released with works exclusively featuring female composers. Several world premier recordings on the CD also included pieces dedicated to Heike Matthiesen.

Among the special artistic highlights of the last few years were appearances in the Gewandhaus Leipzig and as part of the Salzburg Festival. Concerts as a soloist and chamber musician found Heike Matthiesen appearing throughout the whole of Europe as well as in countries like China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Japan, Equatorial Guinea and the USA. Repeatedly, she has been a featured guest in worldwide guitar festivals.

Heike Matthiesen’s artistic development has been unique in the classical music scene: As the eldest daughter in an opera family, she changed from the piano to the guitar when she was 18. After only one year, she began her studies at the Frankfurt College of Music and Dramatic Arts. Two years later she began to play with the Frankfurt Opera’s orchestra, during which time she developed into a sought-after chamber musician. She is particularly proud of her long-standing association with the Villa Musica Mainz. After receiving her diploma, she became a master-class pupil of Pepe Romero. It was he who enabled her to become a world class soloist.

During 20 years of continuous collaboration with the Villa Musica Mainz and with numerous members of the Frankfurt Oper- und Museumsorchester, she has amassed a tremendous repertoire of chamber music. She has concertized with Villa Musica teachers and scholarships recipients in Germany and abroad. She has appeared with flute, oboe, piano and violin partners, with string quartets, and with flute and viola in the ensemble Trio Serenade.

Heike Matthiesen is featured in 3 chamber music productions on CD: Guitar duo with Chen Zhezao, guitar quartet with the Spanish Art Guitar Quartet, and a portrait of the composer André Volkonsky with the Frankfurt Oper- und Museumsorchester.

The 4 CDs which she has released highlight the scope of her musical range. The in-depth study she invested in researching her last CD „Guitar Ladies“, led Heike Matthiesen to become increasingly involved, in an honorary capacity, in the Woman and Music Archive in Frankfurt: the largest collection of works of female composers in the world. Currently, she is preparing a new recording exclusively with works by female composers, this time with the renowned label ARS Productions.

This remarkable musician represents the new breed of artist: communicative, multi-lingual, and internet-affine (her YouTube videos have more than 2,000,000 clicks). She’s active and engages with her devoted audience on social media channels such like Facebook and Instagram. Thus creates for herself an additional platform to continue to act as an Ambassador for Classical Music and the Guitar.

Current Programmes & Projects

Programme

  • ALHAMBRA

    Oasis for dreams: soothing music for your soul. World famous pieces from the classical guitar repertoire will take you on a journ...

  • CHAMBER MUSIC

    In addition to her career as a soloist, Heike Matthiesen is also an ardent chamber musician. During her long association with the...

  • GUITAR LADIES

     A musical voyage of discovery: Music by female composers for classical guitar. Pleasant and beautiful music by yet to be discov...

  • MOZARTVARIATIONS

    A gem for classical music lovers. A gem for classical music lovers. Most of the grand composers did not write primarily for the S...

  • NORTHERN LIGHTS

    Scandinavian Guitar Music...

  • ORCHESTRA PROGRAMMES

    Highlights for a guitarist: performing concertos with the Orchestra! Heike Matthiesen has performed the Concierto de Aranjuez wi...

Music pieces dedicated to Heike Matthiesen:

Dedications

Tania Rubio – Aus der Asche (2021)

Nadia Gerber – Traverse (2021)

Noelia Escalzo – Guitarrera (2021)

Lilith Guegamian – Dans le souffle du temps (2021)

Bettina Weber – Kleine Suite (2021)

Kimberly Osberg – Peaceful and full of hope (2020)

Sarah Evans – Whispers (2020)

Valerie Hartzell – 3 Nordic Sketches ( 2019-2020)

Mikael Mannberg – Largo (2018)

Annette Kruisbrink – Zilia (2018)

Tina Ternes – 5 Stücke für Gitarre (2017)

Per-Olov Kindgren – In the wake of dawn (2017)

Nejc Kuhar – Adios Roland (2017)

Kacha Metrevili – Lullaby (2017)

Sebastian Pecznik – A Berliner Tango Story (2016)

Maria Linnemann – Two elegiac pieces (2015)

Maria Linnemann – Adio mi amor (2015)

Johannes Söllner – Arion

Janko Raseta – Scurry

Victor Kozlov – The white queen (2009)

Pere Pou Llompart – Maqam (2003)

Burkard Wolters – Dshamilja op.25 (Edition Bruckner, 2001) Youtube

Roland Dyens – Venezuelettre (1999)

Onofrio Palumbo – Una stella in tramonto

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Latest Album

Guitar Ladies

A musical voyage of discovery: Female composers for the guitar. Already at the beginning of the nineteenth century, highly virtuoso works and also many romantic character pieces were written for the then fashionable instrument of the lady. Pleasant and beautiful music by yet to be discovered female composers, a program for musical gourmets!