As a student, pianist Martin Helmchen devoted much of his attention to the big, virtuosic piano literature by the noted Russian composers, among others, but for more than a decade, he has focused primarily on the music of Beethoven, Schubert and other core Austro-Germanic composers.
“It’s the repertoire where I feel the most at home and also, on the other hand, where I feel most challenged,” said the German-born artist, who appears June 10 in an SCP Piano recital, which will feature Schumann’s Novelletten, Op. 21, Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 8, and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations at Orchestra Hall. He believes it takes longer to develop a personal language and style in these works, but the results are more rewarding. “It doesn’t mean it will always stay like that,” he said. “I always keep playing and enjoying very, very much all different kinds of repertoire, and in 10 years, there may be another focus.”