Born in Augsburg in 1986, Maximilian Hornung began taking cello lessons at the age of eight. His teachers were Eldar Issakadze, Thomas Grossenbacher, and David Geringas. As cellist of the Tecchler Trio, in which he played until 2011, he won the First Prize of the ARD Music Competition in 2007. Maximilian Hornung is supported and sponsored by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Circle of Friends Foundation.
With his striking musicality, instinctive stylistic certainty and musical maturity, the young cellist, whose career took off when he won the German Music Council's Competition in 2005, is taking the international music scene by storm. He received an ECHO Klassik prize as Best Newcomer of the Year for his first Sony CD in 2011, followed by an ECHO Klassik prize for Best Cello Concerto Recording of the Year for his recording of Dvořák's Cello Concerto with the Bamberg Symphony in 2012. In August 2014, he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival, with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and released a CD of Richard Strauss' most important works for cello with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as a CD of the cello concertos of Joseph Haydn and Vaja Azarashvili, with the Kammerakademie Potsdam on Sony Classical in the same year.
Highlights of the 2016/17 season included Maximilian Hornung's recital debut at the Wigmore Hall and his orchestral debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under David Zinman (Don Quixote), the Verdi Orchestra Milan under Jader Bignamini (Dvorak). Additionally, he will present a cross section of the cello repertoire as Artist-in-Residence of the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic.