Burkhard-W. Godhoff was born in Dinslaken, Germany and received his first violin lessons from his great uncle who was concertmaster in Bochum and chamber music partner of Paul Hindemith. His talent for the instrument was soon discovered. He was accepted at the National Conservatory of Music in Duisburg as a pupil of Prof. H. Chr. Siegert, and in 1970 he was awarded the 1st prize at the national competition “Jugend Musiziert”.
He continued his music edication with Prof. W. Krotzinger at the Folkwang Musikhochchule in Essen. In 1972 he moved to Indiana, USA, to study with Ruggiero Ricci at Indiana University on a scholarship of the national German Industrial Foundation for foreign studies in Cologne. With a scholarship from the Indiana University Foundation and the School of Music of Indiana University he continued his studies with Prof. F. Gulli and Prof. J. Gingold.
After he graduated, Burkhard Godhoff returned to Europe where he had a successful carreer as concert master of orchestras such as the Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg, at the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern, at the National Opera in Hannover and at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duesseldorf, and worked with many great conductors such as Igor Markevitch, Kyril Kondrashin, and Gunther Wand.
Burkhard Godhoff is a respected and much sought-after professor with violin and chamber music students all over the world. He has held teaching positions in Germany, at the Conservatory of Freiburg, France, at the National Conservatory of Music of Toulouse, and Canada, at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in British Columbia. In 2002 he was the first foreign professor to be appointed Distinguished Professor of violin with an exclusive contract at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music after the Cultural Revolution in China. He is responsible for the education of the top of Chinese violinists. In a short time many of Professor Godhoff’s students won national and international top prizes including gold medals at the Wieniawski and Paganini competitions. In 2003 he received the special highest Award of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music for outstanding achievements. He gives many master classes in various countries such as Austria, Spain, France, Russia, Turkey, Costa Rica, Korea, China, Canada and the U.S.A, and many of his students are accepted and studying in excellent music schools such as the Curtis Institut, Juillard School, the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, Paris Conservatory of Music, Manchester University and Royal Academy of Music in London.