Peter Hoerr, born in 1968 in Arnsberg-Westfalia, began to play the cello at the age of five. In 1985 he began his studies with Heinrich Schiff in Basel. Other major influences at this time came from artists such as Boris Pegamenschikov, Menahem Pessler (Beaux Arts Trio), Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) and Christophe Coin.
After winning major prizes at international competitions such as the Scheveningen International Cello Competition and after completing his Soloists Diploma in Basel in 1990, Peter Hoerr began an international career as chamber musician and soloist.
He is a regular guest at major music centres in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and Japan. Invitations to festivals include Ravinia Festival (Chicago), Mozart Week (Tokyo), Pro Quartet Series (Paris), Schleswig-Holstein Festival (Germany), Wigmore Hall (London), Barossa Music Festival (Australia), Heidelberg Spring Festival, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Lucerne Festspiele, Modern Music Festival (Witten).
Peter Hoerr has appeared as soloist with the Radio Orchestra Basel, City of London Sinfonia, Radio Orkest Hilversum, Philharmonic Orchestra Dortmund, State Orchestra Mainz, Philharmonic Orchestra Wuppertal, Sinfonietta Cologne, Philharmonica Hungarica and Gottinger Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Peter Hoerr has colaborated with artists and ensembles such as the Hagen Quartet, Amati Quartet, Mannheimer String Quartet, Heinrich Schiff, Tatjana Grindenko, Justus Frantz, Isung Yun, Witold Lutoslawski, Karl Engel, Boris Bloch, Werner Genuit and Dieter Kloecker.
Peter Hoerr is a founding member of the Mozart Piano Quartet. He currently holds the position of a cello professor at the "Hochschule fuer Musik" in Bern (Switzerland). Since 2003 he is as well a professor for cello and baroque cello at the "Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in Leipzig (Germany). Peter Hoerr regularly holds master classes for cello and chamber music in Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Italy, Australia and South Korea. He has recorded for the labels DIVOX, Interchord-EMI, Virgin, ArteNova and Dabringhaus & Grimm.