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. He has been commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation on several occasions in recent years to compose works for his orchestral colleagues: in 2006, the then 1st concertmaster Toru Yasunaga performed Essenzen. This was followed in 2011 by Trio Promenade, dedicated to the harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet, in 2013, the duet Mittsommernachtstraum with the cellist David Riniker and in 2014 the suite Blütenträume which Holm Birkholz wrote for the dancer Emi Hariyama and presented it with her in Berlin and at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden. The violinist loves to hike and is a keen naturalist. He also is interested in Japanese and Chinese painting and music.