Knut Andreas

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Knut Andreas (born January 2, 1979 in Potsdam ) is a German conductor and musicologist.


Knut Andreas has been artistic director of the Collegium musicum Potsdam symphony orchestra since 1998. After his musical training on the violin, viola, piano and bassoon at the City Music School Potsdam "Johann Sebastian Bach" and after studying music education and German at the University of Potsdam, he continued his training at the University of Music and Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in Leipzig and finally at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, where he studied historical musicology with Fred Büttner and Wolfgang Rathert and received his doctorate with a thesis on the life and work of the composer Paul Graener . His mentors in conducting include Werner Andreas Albert , Ronald Reuter and Dorian Wilson.

After completing his studies, Knut Andreas accepted a position as personal speaker and assistant to the general music director of the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic. In 2004 he co-founded the international youth orchestra meeting NBJot "Baltikum", which he accompanied until 2008 as a manager. In Munich he led the choir and orchestra of the Institute for Musicology and in 2009 organized the second part of the international conference Crosscurrents. European and American Music in Interaction, 1900-2000 .

Under his leadership, the Collegium musicum Potsdam symphony orchestra developed into one of the most extensive orchestras in the state of Brandenburg. Concert tours with this orchestra have taken him to the Netherlands and Slovenia in recent years. For the first time in the 70-year history of the orchestra, the Collegium musicum gave a concert under his direction in June 2012 as part of the Potsdam-Sanssouci Music Festival with a performance of Georg Friedrich Handel's “Messiah”. With the Collegium musicum he not only initiates public dress rehearsals with introductions to the symphony concerts and in which he familiarizes the audience with the works to be heard, but also launched the open-air festival “Klassik am Weberplatz” in summer 2009 , which since then has gathered around 2,000 listeners in the open air every year. As part of the “Brandenburg-Brazil” program that he initiated, the Collegium musicum Potsdam symphony orchestra realizes a lively intercultural exchange between musicians and conductors. In his orchestral work, Knut Andreas places further emphasis on the musical education of children and young people as well as in the social area with the series “Symphony Orchestra for Seniors”, launched in spring 2014, which enables elderly people in need of care to experience a symphony orchestra live again.

Knut Andreas works as a guest conductor with various Brazilian orchestras, including the Orquestra de Câmara OPUS and the Orquestra Sinfônica de Nova Lima. In 2011 he conducted a symphony concert dedicated to the composer Ludwig van Beethoven at the invitation of the Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal de Campinas. In October 2014 he conducted the world premiere of the Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by the Potsdam composer Gisbert Näther with the Orquestra Sinfônica da UNICAMP in Campinas as part of a symphony concert and gave two master classes in conducting at the Institute of the Arts at the University of Campinas.

The Brazilian Academy for Literature and Art "Paranapuã" (Rio de Janeiro) honored Knut Andreas with the Order for Cultural Merit in July 2012, recognizing his achievements in connecting Brazilian and German artists as well as his commitment to promoting Brazilian music in Germany. With the "InterStip" scholarship, the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg is supporting Knut Andreas' commitment this year to an orchestral project dedicated to young people in socially endangered surroundings in a district of São Paulo.

Since January 2015 Knut Andreas has been the conductor of the 85-member Youth Symphony Orchestra Berlin, which is based at the Berlin Handel High School . Since 2011, a lecturer has linked the conductor to the cultural work course at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, where he teaches in the areas of music history, music aesthetics and music education.

There he became an honorary professor in the cultural work course in June 2017 . This includes the teaching areas of music history and management .


  • Between music and politics: the composer Paul Graener (1872–1944) . Frank & Timme, Berlin 2008.
  • Graener, Paul . In: MGG 2, Person Teil, Volume 7, ed. by Ludwig Finscher u. a, Stuttgart / Weimar 2002, Sp. 1455-1457.
  • Paul Graener (1872-1944): Life and Work . Dissertation in musicology, University of Potsdam 2002.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Carol J. Oja, Anne C. Shreffler, Felix Meyer, Wolfgang Rathert: Crosscurrents. European and American Music in Interaction, 1900-2000. Proceedings of the Conferences at Cambridge, Mass. 2008, and Munich 2009 . Boydell, Suffolk 2014, ISBN 978-1-84383-900-2
  2. BlickPunkt Verlag: FH gets two new honorary professors - news from BlickPunkt Brandenburg . In: . ( [accessed on September 18, 2017]).