biography

Alexander Hülshoff

Cellist

Alexander Hülshoff has established himself in recent years as one of the leading  cellists. His interpretations are distinguished for their expressiveness coupled with an unmistakeable, warm and lyrical tone, which are much appreciated by audiences and musical partners alike and are his outstanding qualities on the world's concert platforms. He is guest soloist with major international orchestras such as the German Radio Philharmonic, the German State Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic of Brno, the New Philharmonic of Westphalia, Rom Symphony Orchestra, the Enescu Philharmonic, the Tel Aviv Soloist Ensemble, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra of Maastricht, the Armenian Philharmonic and many others.

Chamber music plays a significant role and has an important place in Alexander Hülshoff's work. His cello performances include appearances with the Bamberg Trio and fellow musicians such as Pinchas Zukerman, Hagai Shaham, Vadim Gluzman, Fine Arts Quartett,  Gil Sharon, Rainer Honeck,  Boris Garlitsky in renowned concert halls such as the Berliner Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rotterdam's De Doelen and the Wigmore Hall in London. He has been guest instrumentalist at the Schleswig Holstein Festival, the Enescu Festival, Kfar Blum in Israel and the Amadéo Festival. He is artistic director of the Kloster Kamp Chamber Music Festival.

Numerous CD's testify to the breadth of his musical scope, which includes works by, amongst others,  Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovitch, Bloch and Servais. His recordings are released under the Novalis, Naxos, Musicaphon,Paladino, Brillant and Hänssler Classic

His concert tours regularly take him to other European countries, the Near, Middle and Far East as well as to Asia and North and South America.

In 1997 Alexander Hülshoff, whose most important teacher was Lynn Harrell, was appointed Professor of Cello at the Folkwang University of the Arts. At the moment he is Artistic Director of the Orchesterzentrum in Dortmund ( www.orchesterzentrum.de) the institute for professional orchestral training of four universities of music ( Cologne, Essen, Düsseldorf, Detmold) Since 2011 he is also the artistic director of the Villa Musica ( www.villamusica.de).