Born in Prague, Rudolf Joachim Koeckert was taught the violin by his father and later studied with Max Rostal in Bern. At the age of 23 he became a laureate of the International ARD Competition in Munich, and in 1979 won the Bavarian State Violin Award. With the internationally known Koeckert Quartet he toured worldwide and made recordings for major record companies including Deutsche Grammophon and Orfeo, as well appearing on television. He has given regular recitals and played as a soloist with renowned orchestras. In 1980 Rudolf Joachim Koeckert became Leader of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and in 1989 was made a professor of the Munich Musikhochschule. He also gives master-classes, and serves as a jury member in various violin competitions in Germany and abroad. He was for many years a member of the Munich Piano Trio.