Holly Huelskamp

Holly Huelskamp

Teacher of Applied Music, Violin
M.M., Indiana University
B.M., University of Missouri-Columbia

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1030
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Holly teaches violin.

St. Louis native Holly Huelskamp has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster internationally.  Mrs. Huelskamp received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Missouri-Columbia with professors Eva Szekely and John McGrosso and a Master of Music from Indiana University-Bloomington with professors Alex Kerr and Paul Biss.  After graduation, she was invited to play numerous solo recitals, including one in Carnegie Hall, New York.  She played with orchestras across the US, including the New World Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and played two seasons as violinist and concertmaster of the International Bachakademie in Stuttgart, Germany, under the tutelage of Helmuth Rilling.  

At the age of 30, she won the position of concertmaster of National Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago, Chile, becoming the first female concertmaster of a major theater in South America.  She led the orchestra in all three genres of orchestral music including opera, ballet, symphonic programs.  During her tenure in Chile, she performed as a soloist several times with the Philharmonic and surrounding orchestras and founded Chile's premier chamber group, the Philharmonic Ensemble, recording and performing chamber repertoire in every major theater in Chile and several in Europe.  She was a professor of violin at the University of Chile and the University Mayor, where she prepared her students to win many competitions, scholarships, and entrance to major conservatives.  

Since her return to St. Louis, Mrs. Huelskamp remains an active educator and performer.  She is a founding member of the Zafira Quartet that explores genre-bending repertoire on both acoustic and electric instruments, and the St. Louis Chamber Soloists, an elite musician-led chamber orchestra.  She collaborates on educational concerts and maintains a private studio.