Martina Kirchhof was born in
Germersheim. She began her musical education at the age of 4,
learning to play the recorder and the viol. Her talent was soon
noticed in regular public performances and she was promoted as a
soloist as well as playing in ensembles. At 14 she joined the
instrumental ensemble for Ancient Music Bruchsal under Martin
Schirrmeister with whom she undertook concert tours and
television appearances. Martin Schirrmeister guided her as a
viola da gamba soloist until she started her studies, bringing
out her brilliant technique, musical expressiveness and inspired
playing in many performances.
After taking Abitur, she started her studies at
the Meistersinger Konservatorium in Nürnberg and afterwards at the Frankfurt Hochschule für Musik und
Darstellende Kunst under Prof. Rainer Zipperling. Under Prof.
Michael Schneider, she completed her chamber music studies with
a wide spectrum of literature encompassing all styles from early
baroque to preclassical. She continued her studies under Wieland
Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague.
During her studies she performed in concerts with various
ensembles and singers at distinguished musical events such as
the Arolser Baroque Festival, the Hohenloher Kultursommer,
„Klang und Raum“ in Cloister Irsee, the Bruchsal Barocktagen and
in an opera production at Claudio Monteverdi´s Poppea at the
She is a permanent member of the ensemble „Liuto
Concertato“ under the direction of Lutz Kirchhof. Here she
became known for her brilliant virtuosity and her warm, unusual
colourful as well as her temperamentful and expressive playing.
Radio and television performances and CD productions
complete her concert activities.
Since their marriage in 2007, Martina and Lutz Kirchhof
have played and recorded various forms of music for viola da
gamba and lute name DUO KIRCHHOF. Martina Kirchhof has developed
a way of playing, based on “tout en l’air” technique, which
gives the string tone a rhythmic intensity and jazz-like drive,
reminiscent of the old maestros of viola da gamba. The strong,
rhythmic pulse of the works for lute is particularly enhanced
through her style of playing.
After producing a number of recordings for the celebrated label
SONY MUSIC and the US-American recording company with a
world-wide distribution network CENTAUR, Martina and Lutz
Kirchhof set up their own label LutzLute®,
on which they have released audio-CDs and video productions.
The most outstanding of these are the music videos
CHIPASS, Music of the travelling Entertainers and ROSE VIOLE,
Promenade Concert through the Palais Papius, in which virtuoso
dance music and mystical fantasy compositions are presented in a
stilish Renaissance and Baroque setting. Impressions of Nature (Chipass)
and an ambience of mystery and elegance (Rose Viole) merge
artistically with the refined sounds of the regal instruments.
Over the many years of her performing career, Martina
Kirchhof has developed an exceptional skill in ornamentation,
which together with marked virtuosity and fine rhythmic quality
gives her dance-like music a striking intensity.