Hoelscher received his first violin lessons from his father Ferdinand
Hoelscher and from Bruno Masurat. He then studied with Max Rostal in
Cologne, before a period in the USA studying with Josef Gingold at
Indiana University and Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute of Music
He has given concerts in the world’s most important
musical centres including London, Munich, Hamburg, Paris and Berlin,
and has undertaken extensive tours of Europe, Russia, the Far East,
Australia, and Japan. His exceptionally broad repertoire is reflected
in his award winning recordings with EMI, which include concertos by
composers as diverse as Schumann, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Richard
Strauss, Brahms, Korngold, Otmar Schoeck, Tchaikovsky, Berg and Spohr.
Ulf Hoelscher has a strong commitment to the
virtuoso concerto repertoire and as a champion of contemporary music he
has premiered works by Volker David Kirchner and Aribert Reimann (both
with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) and Franz Hummel (televised
performance in Baden Baden).
Ulf is also dedicated to chamber music. He recorded
Brahms Trios, and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Heinrich Schiff and
Christian Zacharias and partnered Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina
Vishnevskaya in a recording of Shostakovich’s chamber music followed by
the Schumann Sonatas with Michel Beroff.