Born in Hamburg, Germany.
Studies with Wolfgang Mehlhorn at the Musikhochschule Hamburg, with Zara Nelsova at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and with Wolfgang Boettcher at the University of Arts in Berlin.
Recipient of the prestigious Honorary Scholarship of the Juilliard School and scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation. In 1993 he was a winner of the German Music Competition in Bonn and participated in the 37th Young Artists Concerts program in the following season. In 1995 he won First Prize at the International Cello Competition Jeunesse Musicale in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
As a member of the now renowned piano trio Trio Jean Paul he was awarded First Prizes at the International Chamber Music Competitions in Osaka, Japan (1993), Melbourne, Australia (1995) and the German Music Competition in Bonn, Germany (1995). Extensive international concert activities as a soloist and with the Trio Jean Paul regularly take him to the major concert halls around the world such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Berliner Philharmonie, Cologne Philharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Wigmore Hall London, Tonhalle Zurich, Sydney Opera House, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Mozarteum Salzburg, Palais des Beaux Art Bruxelles, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon.
Numerous concert tours have taken him to Europe, USA, Canada, Russia, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Martin Löhr has appeared as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Berliner Symphoniker, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali Milano, among others. He performed under the baton of conductors like Simon Rattle, Sylvain Cambreling, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Jaap van Sweden, Marc Soustrot, Jörg Faerber, Eiji Oue and Antonello Manacorda.
He is a regular guest at international festivals such as Salzburger Festspiele, Schleswig Holstein Festival, Lucerne Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Berliner Festwochen, Heidelberger Frühling, Kuhmo Festival, Rheingau Festival, Kronberg Cello Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Schwetzingen, among others.
Since 1997 Martin Löhr has been principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Between 2003 and 2010 he held a professorship at the University of Arts, Berlin. He teaches at the Herbert-von-Karajan-Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, gives masterclasses worldwide and serves as a jury member at international competitions.