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” (www.soundsandscience.com), supported by the AVINA Foundation, Switzerland.
He also still serves as a regular substitute in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.