Alexander Hülshoff, grown up in the Palatinate in southwestern Germany, has established himself as a soloist and chamber musician on concert stages all over the world. He stands out for the great expressiveness and a powerful, warm and nuanced sound that identifies his playing. His musical skills are valued by audiences and musical partners alike and his exceptional hallmarks are recognized on concert stages all over the world.
As a soloist he is guest of German and international Orchestras such as the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, the Brno Philharmonic, the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Cordoba, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Tel Aviv Soloist Ensemble, the Limburg Symfonie Orkest Maastricht, the George Ensecu Philharmonie, the Kymi Sinfonietta, the Armenian National Phlilharmonic Orchestra, the Istanbul Devlet Senfoni Orkestrasi, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, the Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro of Brasilia, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (Rio de Janeiro), the Mikkelin Kaupunginorkesteri, Orquesta Sinfonica de la UANL and many others.
His concert tours take him to other European countries, the Near and Far East as well as Russia and North and South America.
Chamber music occupies a central place in his performances and recordings both as cellist of the Trio Bamberg and in ensemble playing with colleagues such as Pinchas Zukerman, Martin Stadfeld, Fazil Say, Friedemann Eichhorn, Hagai Shaham, Vadim Gluzman, the Fine Arts Quartet, Orion Quarett, Gil Sharon, Rainer Honeck.
Together with his music partners he gives concerts in famous halls such as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen in Rotterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Prinzregententheater in Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin and many others.
Alexander Hülshoff is Creator and Artistic Director of the Kloster Kamp Chamber Music Festival and the Artistic Director of Villa Musica, a foundation of the Rhineland-Palatinate State.
Numerous CDs testify the wideness of his musical range, including works by Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovich, Bloch, Servais and others. The recordings have been published by Novalis, Naxos, Musicaphon, Brillant, VDM musical treasures and Oehms Classics.
In 1997 Alexander Hülshoff was appointed professor for violoncello at the Folkwang University of the Arts.
Since April 2014 he has been the Artistic Director of the Orchesterzentrum | NRW, an institution gathering the four music academies of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. He studied at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe and with Lynn Harrell at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz
Artistic director since 2011
Artistic director since 2014
Folkwang Universität der Künste
Professor of cello since 1997
Alessandro Panetto Management