Reiner Hochmuth was born in Luebeck, Germany in 1952 and began to play the cello at the age of 10. After winning numerous prizes at the German Youth Competition he decided to study music although his earlier interest was to become a chemist. 1973 after finishing his school education he went to Paul Tortelier who was teaching at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen at that time. After one year of concentrated studies Reiner Hochmuth was ready to perform the Variation on a Theme of Rococo from Tchaikovsky with the Hamburger Symphoniker in his home town Luebeck. In 1975 he won the 1. Prize at the International Cello Competition (Imperial Tobacco) in Bristol, England. After this success he was touring through England to perform with a number orchestras. Performances with the New Philharmonia Orchestra London in the New Philharmonia Hall as well as with the German Youth Orchestra in London are highlights of this period. He was awarded the scholarship of the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes ". In 1976 he continued his studies with Janos Starker who was coming to teach in Essen after Paul Tortelier retired from his job. Reiner Hochmuth finished his studies in 1980 with highest degree and was awarded the Culture Prize of Northrhine Westfalia. In the same year he won the 2nd prize of the German Music Competition of all string players. His musical activity was greatly increasing during this time and he was touring through whole Germany performing with a large number of different orchestras. Short time later he got his teaching job at the Folkwang-Hochschule, Essen. In 1983 the National Institute of Art in Taipei, Taiwan, asked him to become a guest professor for a period of three years. Since then he was travelling to Asia to perform in various countries and to teach. In 1995 he came into contact with the Chi Mei Culture Foundation which is a subsidery of the large CHI MEI INC. (Chemicals). This Foundation runs its own museum and owns a great collection of fine instruments. Since  that time Reiner Hochmuth got the chance to play the two important Strad Cellos ("Ex Boccherini - Ex Cassado" and "The Pawle") for concerts and recording.



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