Assistant Professor of Music
Katharina Uhde is an assistant professor of violin and musicology. She holds two doctorates: a DMA from the University of Michigan (2009) and a Ph.D. from Duke University (2014), where she completed a dissertation on Joseph Joachim under R. Larry Todd. She has published score reviews and an article in Nineteenth-Century Music Review with the title ”Joseph Joachim’s Abendglocken Op. 5: a Musical Daguerreotype.” As a concertizing violinist, she has played with many orchestras as a soloist in Germany, the U.S., Serbia, and Brazil.
Born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, she began playing the violin at the age of six. After receiving her B.A. degree in violin performance at the University of Music, Karlsruhe, under Ulf Hoelscher, she came to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for her M.Mus. with Stephen Shipps. In 2006, she finished her Teaching Diploma and her Artists Diploma at the University of Music, Karlsruhe. In 2009, she completed her doctoral studies (DMA) and a Certificate of Musicology at the University of Michigan. In the spring of 2011, Uhde taught as a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Several exciting recitals and projects were taken up in 2011 and 2012. Besides a series of concerts with all of Brahms’ sonatas, Uhde went on a concert tour to Scandinavia at the end of November 2011, where she performed sonatas by Beethoven and Erzherzog Rudolf with her father, Prof. Michael Uhde and gave a lecture and master class. Furthermore, she appeared as a soloist with orchestra in the famous Belgrade concert hall Kolarac in December 2011, where she performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and gave a master class at the Belgrade University School of Music.
In 2012, she again went on tour with the Triple Concerto in Germany with her cellist twin sister, pianist Judith Mosch, and the Lemberg Sinfonietta. Uhde appeared as a soloist with the Berlin Camerata in August 2012 and traveled to Brazil in September 2012 for an ongoing CD recording project on Brazilian chamber music of the 19th century.
Chamber music has played an important role in Uhde’s life since 1998, when she founded the Viktor Ullmann Quartet, which has won several international competitions. Honors and prizes include the first prize at the International Competition Concertino Praga, fisrt prize in the International Competition Verfemte Musik, second prize in the International Competition Charles Hennen. Other honors include a Fulbright grant in 2004, a one-year scholarship of the Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg in 2005, and the Ludwig Marum prize of the city of Karlsruhe in 2003 for special cultural engagement for Jewish composers.
In 2000, Uhde participated in chamber music recitals with Martha Argerich and Ivry Gitlis, with whom she performed the Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals and the Mendelssohn Octet.
As a winner of the Concerto Competition of the University of Michigan 2004, Uhde has appeared as a soloist with the Barber Violin Concerto, which she performed at the Ann Arbor Hill Auditorium with orchestra. Other recital halls include the Cologne Philharmonic and the “Rudolfinum” in Prague.
She has also appeared as a soloist with the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, the Goettinger Musikfreunde Orchestra, the Marburg University Orchestra, and the Belgrade University Orchestra. She has toured as a soloist and chamber musician through Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia, Montenegro, Israel, and Brazil. Uhde’s performances were radio and TV broadcast throughout Germany and Europe by Südwest Rundfunk, Südwest Television, Bayrischer Rundfunk, Norddeutsche Rundfunk, and Deutschland Funk.
Uhde’s teachers include Rainer Kussmaul (former concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic), Joerg Hoffmann, Sergej Kravtschenko, Petra Muellejans, members of the Alban Berg Quartet, members of the Tokyo String Quartet, the La Salle Quartet, the Beaux-Arts Trio, the Amadeus Quartet, the Hagen Quartet, the Rubin Quartet, and the Mandelring Quartet.