Gregor Horsch


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra



Gregor Horsch, first solo cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam since 1997, studied in Freiburg with Prof. Christoph Henkel and later, with the help of a DAAD scholarship, in Manchester in the class of Ralph Kirshbaum. While still a student, Horsch attracted attention as the winner of the Pierre Fournier Award in London in 1988. Numerous performances in England followed, including at the Wigmore Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and during the International Cello Festival in Manchester.
A prize-winner at the Scheveningen International Cello Competition (1989) and the Concours Gaspar Cassado in Florence (1990), Gregor Horsch combines his work in the orchestra with a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. He has played solo recitals with the most important orchestras in Holland under conductors such as Evgeny Svetlanov, Leonard Slatkin, Hans Vonk, Alan Gilbert and Andris Nelsons and he has performed chamber music works with partners such as Emmanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, Yefim Bronfman, Vadim Repin , Sarah Chang, Janine Jansen and Tabea Zimmermann. Horsch has also played first performances of works by Tristan Keuris, Wolfgang Rihm and Gyorgy Kurtag, among others.
He is a regular guest at festivals such as the International Cellofestival in Manchester, the Cello-Biënnale in Amsterdam, the BBC Chamber Proms, the Delft Chamber Music Festival and the Holland Festival. His CD recordings of works by Julius Röntgen and Emanuel Móor have been widely praised in the specialist press.
Since 1996 Horsch has been a lecturer at colleges in The Hague, Amsterdam and Manchester and he has given master classes in Holland, Italy, England, America and China. Since 2009 he has been Professor of Violoncello at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf.
Gregor Horsch plays a cello by Giovanni Battista Rogeria from 1696, Brescia.