Ulf Prelle began his cello studies in the USA with the La Salle Quartet and Zara Nelsova. Further studies took him to Basel with Thomas Demenga and to Cologne with Boris Pergamenschikow. Subsequently, he was a scholarship holder of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Several times he was first prize winner of university competitions and performed as a soloist with such renowned orchestras as the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the Basel Symphony Orchestra.
Intensive chamber music activity with various partners has taken him to Germany and abroad. In 1990 he was a prize winner of the Siegfried Barchet Competition of the Richard Wagner Society in Stuttgart.
Since 1992 he has been the coordinated solo cellist of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Carus Ensemble, a member of the Philharmonic String Trio and the Collenbusch Quartet.
A passionate pedagogue, he teaches as a lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden. In 2015 he published the study book "Leichtigkeit: Eine ergänzende Streichermethodik zur Befreiung der rechten und der linken Hand" with Schott.