Manfred Hecking – Double Bass


Manfred Hecking, MD PhD is an associate professor for internal medicine at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria.

Born in Wiesbaden

Hecking studied music and medicine in Berlin.

He auditioned and became a full member of the Munich Philharmonic and of the Vienna Philharmonic (until 2006), before starting to work as a medical doctor.

Chamber music experience included membership in the Vienna piano quintet and Wiener Instrumental-Vokal Solisten.

Hecking’s research career developed under the leadership of Maria Sibilia and Marcus Säemann, who inspired him to obtain a degree in Internal Medicine/Nephrology at the Medical University of Vienna. Hecking’s clinical research focus is on post-transplant diabetes mellitus and renal replacement therapy in general, with particular interests in electrolytes and fluid management in hemodialysis patients, and importantly, their gender-specific differences (supported by FWF-Austrian Science Fund). Several of Hecking’s publications have received national and international awards within the Nephrological community. Hecking is also engaged in a partnership with Nephrologists from the University of Michigan (especially Friedrich K. Port), which includes funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a multicentric, randomized controlled trial on post-transplant diabetes prevention.

Manfred Hecking is combining his interest for music and medicine in the Vienna-based lecture and concert series “Sounds and Science” (, supported by the AVINA Foundation, Switzerland.

He also still serves as a regular substitute in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.