Martin Löhr,

Principal Cello

Born in Hamburg

Member since 1996-09-01


First prize in the »Jeunesses musicales« international cello competition in Belgrade (1995)

»For me the most important experience in this orchestra has been the emotional heights to which one can be raised by the energy of 80 outstanding musicians in the act of expressing something collectively.«

Not only was his mother a cellist, but he always loved lower sounds; so it was only natural for Martin Löhr to make the cello his instrument. He studied with Wolfgang Mehlhorn at the Hamburg Musikhochschule, with Zara Nelsova at the Juilliard School in New York, and with Wolfgang Boettcher at the Berlin Hochschule der Künste.

Besides being a principal cellist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he also appears as a soloist and in chamber music in numerous European countries as well as in the USA, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. As a member of the Jean Paul Trio he won the German Music Council prize and first prizes at the international chamber music competitions in Osaka and Melbourne. Since 2003 he has been a professor at Berlin’s Universität der Künste. His interests include literature – especially Russian – magic and theoretical physics.