Heinrich Warnke was born in Wesselburen (north of Hamburg), Germany in 1870. At age 12, he entered the Hamburg Conservatory where he studied cello with Albert Gowa (1843-after 1918). In about 1887, he went to Leipzig where he played with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Prior to Boston, Heinrich Warnke was first cello of the 'Kaim Orchestra' in Munich, predecessor to today's Munich Philharmonic from 1897-1905. In the 1905-1906 season, after the resignation of Rudolph Krasselt, Warnke came to Boston to become Principal cello at the Boston Symphony.