Maria Kliegel is one of the leading cello virtuosos of our time. Her international career began when she won the "Grand Prix" of the :Concours Rostropovich" in 1981 in Paris. She is also one the best-selling cellist world wide, and her recordings are always welcome with enthusiasm. During one of the recording sessions of Schnittke's first concerto for violoncello and orchestra, the Russian composer came to acknowledge that as the standard recording of this work. Her many recordings for Naxos include concertos and other cello works by Beethoven, Bloch, Brahms, Bruch, Donhanyi, Dvorak, Elgar, Lalo, Saint-Saens, Shostakovich, Schumann, Taverner and Tchaikovsky. She has also recorded a large volume of chamber music by Brahms, Chopin, Demus, Gubaidulina, Kodaly, Mendelssohn and Schubert. She will be recording Beethove's complete works for cello and piano, Haydn's cello concertos and Bach's solo cello suites.