Hochschule für Musik, Cologne; HEM Genève
Matthias Buchholz studied in Hamburg, Cincinnati, Detmold and at the famous Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. His teachers were Bruno Giuranna, Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle.
He won top prizes at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb Bonn 1978, the Coleman Competition Los Angeles 1982 and the International Music Competition Budapest 1984.
Buchholz performed as soloist and chamber musician in most european countries, in Canada and the U.S.A., as well as in South America, Russia, India and the Far East.
He was a member of the Brahms Quartet Hamburg, the Ridge Quartet New York and the Heine Quartet in Cologne. Since 1991 he has performed in concert and recorded numerous CD’s with the Linos-Ensemble, who was awarded an ECHO- KLASSIK 2017 for their last CD.
He was invited to perform at the Marlboro Festival, at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Salzburg Festival, Rheingau, Library of Congress, Seoul Spring Festival, Hitzacker, Mondsee, Este, Lyon and Warsaw Spring Festival, where he shared the stage with the Vermeer-, the Petersen-, the Auryn- and Fine Arts Quartet, Heinz Holliger, Rainer Kussmaul, Benjamin Schmid, Christian Polterá und Cecile Licad.
Since 1990 he holds a position as Professor for Viola at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne and teaches at the HEM Genève since 2013. In addition, he has held numerous masterclasses in the U.S., in Korea, China, Japan and many european countries. Former students work today successfully as orchestra members, principal violists, professors and chamber musicians worldwide.