A native of Germany, Uli Speth studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg/Austria, where he participated in numerous performance classes given by Yfrah Neaman, Thomas Brandis, Jaap Schroeder, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, among others. He subsequently earned his Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music where he was a student of Felix Galimir, from whom he received both violin and string quartet training.
For over 20 years, Uli was first violinist of the Diller-Quaile String Quartet in residence at the Diller-Quaile School of Music in New York. With this group, he played concerts throughout the U.S., commissioned and premiered new pieces for string quartet and performed live on Vermont Public Radio and KMFA of Texas. As a chamber musician, Uli is a founding member of the Castalia String Quartet, and has enjoyed the opportunity of performing alongside soloists and members of the Hagen, Pro Arte, Cavaliere, and Ying quartets.
Uli’s recent solo performances of concerti by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams, as well as his recitals with pianist Mary Robbins, have earned him praise by the critics for his“brilliant sound and facile fingers” (Austin American Statesman) and “gorgeous tone and stunning technique” (Salzburger Nachrichten).
As an orchestral musician, Uli has spent over 20 years performing with New York City Opera at
Lincoln Center and since 2005, he serves as concertmaster of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been invited as guest concertmaster by numerous orchestras, including Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Schenectady Symphony, Wichita Symphony and others. He has performed with numerous internationally known conductors and soloists, including conductors James Levine, Gerard Schwarz, Kurt Masur, as well as violinists Joshua Bell, Midori, singers Mirella Freni, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and many others.
In 2019, Uli was appointed Mentor Musician with the Garden State Philharmonic,
performing as concertmaster, as well as performing solo and chamber recitals in New Jersey.
In recent years he has served on the panels of several state and national violin competitions. Uli serves on the faculties of Hartwick College, The College of New Jersey and Eastern Music Festival, and is music director of Little Delaware Youth Ensemble.