Michael Hell, described by the press as a magician on the harpsichord and a virtuoso on the recorder, has been active since the end of his studies as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra musician. Since 2005 he has been conducting concert tours to Switzerland, the USA, Belgium, Germany, China, France, Great Britain, Japan, Israel, Colombia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Slovenia and Spain.
His special interest is chamber music and vocal music. In addition to working with his ensembles Austrian Baroque Connection and Musicke’s Pleasure Garden, he is also increasingly devoted to baroque opera, which he knows as a continuist, musical director or recorder from different perspectives. His repertoire includes, a. Campras L’Europe Galante, Handel’s Alcina and Giulio Cesare, Lully’s Cadmus and Hermione, Monteverdis L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Purcells Dido and Aeneas. Together with Lucia Froihofer he founded the Neue Hofkapelle Graz.
As a recorder and harpsichord, he played with various radio, television and CD recordings for NDR, SWR, WDR, France Musique and Radio Classique. In 2011, the CD “Un Camino de Santiago” by the Ensemble La Fenice, with Michael Hell on the harpsichord, the organ, the recorder and a singer, and the debut CD of the Neue Hofkapelle Graz with works by Johann Joseph Fux, This was followed by a CD with cantatas by Barbara Strozzi, as well as the complete recording of all the block flutes by the French-English recorder-virtuoso Jacques Paisible.
Since October 2005 Michael Hell teaches recorder, harpsichord, general bass and teaching practice at the Institute for Early Music and Historical Performance Practice at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. After three semesters as a guest professor for recorder, he has been working as a university professor for harpsichord since the winter semester of 2011/2012. He is a regular lecturer at summer academies and master classes.
Michael Hell studied from 1992 to 2003 at the University of Music and Drama Hannover in the recorder class of Siri Rovatkay-Sohns. From 1999 he also began a harpsichord study with Zvi Meniker. In the summer of 2006, he received a diploma with the highest distinction. He received a diploma from the University of Basel, where he received a master’s degree in the field of harpsichord, general bass and historical performance practice with Jesper Christensen at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.