Long Biography

Born 1971 in Münster, Germany, Friedemann Eichhorn studied violin with Valery Gradow at the Mannheim University of Music. He continued his studies on the recommendation of Yehudi Menuhin with Alberto Lysy at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland and graduated from the Juilliard School New York where he worked with Margaret Pardee (violin), Earl Carlyss and Samuel Sanders (chamber music) and Miguel Harth-Bedoya (conducting). He was awarded scholarships from the National German Exchange Program, the Menuhin Academy and the Juilliard School among others. Friedemann also studied musicology and law at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz where he earned a Ph.D. 
He regularly concertizes with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Symphony, the Symphonies of Munich, Hamburg or the Radio orchestra of the SWR. Friedemann played under the baton of the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Howard Griffiths, Jac van Steen, Vladimir Altschuler, Alan Buribayev, David Stahl to name but a few and performed with Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Boris Pergamenschikow, Saschko Gawriloff and Igor Oistrach. He enjoys camber music collaborations with Julius Berger, Alexander Huelshoff, José Gallardo and Thomas Müller-Pering. Friedemann Eichhorn appeared at numerous festivals such as “Chamber Music connects the World”, Kronberg, Schleswig Holstein or Menuhin Festival Gstaad as well as in music centers such as the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Gasteig Munich or the Schauspielhaus Berlin. A frequent guest of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia Friedemann will have his 5th visit in the 2007/08 season. As a conductor Friedemann Eichhorn led some 50 concerts with the Mannheim Chamber Orchestra among others. In 2008 he will conduct members of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Mozarts opera Bastien & Bastienne.

Friedemann Eichhorn recorded several CDs and was featured in many radio broadcasts.
In 2007 Friedemann Eichhorn started a collaboration with Naxos recording for the first time the concertos no. 7, 10 and 13 of the french virtuoso Pierre Rode, Nicolas Pasquet conducting the SWR Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern.

 Friedemann Eichhorn is professor for violin and director of strings at the Liszt School of Music in Weimar, Germany. He gives masterclasses at the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Gustav Mahler Academy in Bozen. As a guest he gave masterclasses at the University of Music in Vienna, the Guildhall School of Music London and at the Pre College Division of the Juilliard School New York.  Friedemann Eichhorn serves as Artistic Director of the International Louis-Spohr-Competition for young violinists in Weimar. Much of his time he devotes to musicology and research. He wrote numerous articles for the german standard encyclopedia “Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart” and started to co-edit sheet music for the Schott music company.

In 2005 he was awarded the George Enescu Medal from the Roumanien Cultural Institute.
Friedemann Eichhorn plays on a Nicola Gagliano violin from 1758.