Born in Mannheim
Member since 1990-01-15
First prize at the German national competition »Jugend musiziert« (1974/76/78), second prize at the Tonger Competition in Cologne (1984), first prize with the Mannheim String Quartet at the German Music Competition in Bonn (1985)
Orchestra Board (since 2012)
Ulrich Knörzer first began playing the violin at the age of nine, but because his teacher was keen to introduce his pupils to chamber music and Ulrich was the biggest, he soon was obliged to take over the role of viola player. Three-time winner at the German national competition »Jugend musiziert«, he studied from 1980 to 1987 with Rainer Moog at the Cologne Hochschule and with Karen Tuttle at the Juilliard School in New York (1988/89), rounding off his training in master classes including those of Max Rostal, Sándor Vegh and Yuri Bashmet.
Along with his orchestral activities, Ulrich Knörzer appears regularly as a chamber-music player. From 1992 to 2006 he has been a member of the Scharoun Ensemble of Berlin. The violist, who is deeply interested in languages, has since 1999 been a professor of viola at Berlin’s Universität der Künste.