Born in Berlin
Member since 1982-09-01
»It’s always a wonderful feeling for me as a 1/128 particle of this great musical ensemble to be able to experience how our individual characters achieve a collective vibration when we make music on stage and become completely at one with the music.«
As a child he discovered a mysterious oblong case in his parents’ cupboard. When he knocked on it, he suddenly heard something vibrate. This mesmerizing experience made a deep impression on him and continued to influence his whole understanding of music. He went on to make the “contents” of the case his instrument. He studied at Berlin’s Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik with Michail Goldstein and in Manfred Scherzer’s master class. Even before his final examination, he became first Konzertmeister of the Weimar Staatskapelle in 1977 and of the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra (now the MDR Sinfonieorchester) three years later.
In 1982 he joined the Berliner Philharmoniker. Birkholz not only performs as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles, he’s also a composer – a formative influence in this endeavour was his teacher Dmitri Kabalevsky. His award-winning works, which range stylistically from popular to serious music, are performed frequently worldwide. Holm Birkholz loves hiking and observing nature. He is also interested in Japanese and Chinese music and painting. Since 2011, the violinist and composer has performed regularly with the dancer Emi Hariyama. The joint project PRANA – moving soundscapes has grown from this ongoing collaboration.