Frank-Michael Guthmann, born in Lahr/Schwarzwald, is principal cellist of the SWR Symphony Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Frank-Michael studied in Karlsruhe with Martin Ostertag and in Basel with Ivan Monighetti. He was also a scholarship student of the Berlin Philharmonic’s Orchestra Academy. Furthermore, masterclasses with Heinrich Schiff, Wolfgang Boettcher, Ralph Kirshbaum and – above all – intensive work with Steven Isserlis have played an important role in his career as a cellist.
As a founding member of Trio Echnaton, Frank-Michael Guthmann has won prominent awards including the German Music Competition, International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar and ensemble prize of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Frank-Michael has toured as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, North America and Africa. He has also given concerts at such festivals as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music, Salzburg Easter Festival, La Folle Journée Nantes and Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove. His chamber music partners have included such artists as Julia Fischer, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Daniel Müller-Schott, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Melnikov, Martin Stadtfeld, Lars Vogt and Emmanuel Pahud.
Frank-Michael Guthmann’s recordings on CD, radio and TV feature chamber music works by Bach, Mozart, Sibelius and Saariaho for the Coviello Classics label, as well as the solo part in Strauss’ Don Quixote with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg under François-Xavier Roth for the SWRmusic label.
He performs regularly as guest principal cellist with orchestras such as the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Frank-Michael Guthmann has taught at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe and gives masterclasses in Germany, Belgium and Italy.