Martina Jessel began playing cello at the age of ten in Hamburg, Germany. Soon she was performing and traveling with youth orchestras and winning prizes in the “Jugend musiziert“ competition.
She began studying cello with Freidrich-Jürgen Sellheim in Hanover, later moving to study with Reinhard Latzko at the Music Academy Basle. As part of her studies, she spent a year abroad at the Franz-Liszt Academy in Budapest with Miklos Perenyi.
Other impulses came through attending numerous master classes by David Geringas, Philipp Mueller, Heinrich Schiff and regular chamber music lessons by Walter Levin and Hatto Beyerle.
As a freelance cellist, Martina Jessel performs with many ensembles and orchestras such as Ensemble Resonanz, Klangforum Heidelberg, Ensemble Modern Orchestra and the SWR Symphony Orchestra Freiburg. Between 2003 and 2011 she was a member of the Basle Chamber Orchestra. Presently she is a member of the Janus Ensemble and teaches her cello class in Freiburg.
After completing a course of studies in mediation, she additionally received her master degree in Supervision from the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Freiburg.