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Knut Andreas

Knut Andreas has been the director of the Berlin Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gymnasium since 2015. In 1999, he began studying musical pedagogy and German studies at the Universität Potsdam as well as musicology and conducting at both the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. He completed his doctorate at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität’s Institute of Musicology in 2008. His conducting mentors included Ronald Reuter, Werner Andreas Albert, and Dorian Wilson, among others. He has served as the artistic director of the Sinfonieorchester Collegium musicum Potsdam since 1998. He has performed as a guest conductor in the Netherlands, Slovenia—where he performed with the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra in January 2017—and in Brazil with the symphony orchestras in Ribeirão Preto and Campinas. In 2012, he was honored with the Brazilian Academy of Literature and Art “Paranapuã” Medal for Cultural Merit for his work in bringing together German and Brazilian artists and for raising awareness about Brazilian music in Germany.

As a conductor, he has dedicated himself to not only a symphonic repertoire, but has also, in recent years, performed Georg Friedrich Händel’s Jephtha, Walter Kollo’s Drei alte Schachteln (Three Old Boxes), Franz von Suppé’s Die schöne Galathée (The Beautiful Galathée) and Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. For the Berlin Volksbühne, Andreas has been rehearsing the opera Drei Milliarden Schwestern (Three Billion Sisters) in close collaboration with the director Bonn Park, the composer Ben Roessler, and the Berlin Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gymnasium.

Past productions

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