AIMS Wind Academy
Principal oboist at the Staatskapelle Berlin
Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Rostock
AIMS Academy 07-14/08/2020
- Individual master classes for oboe
- Audition training
- Opportunities to perform on stage as a soloist or in chamber groups
- Chance to enter the AIMS Concerto-Competition
- Selected students will experience the Festival Orchestra with maestro Riccardo Frizza
Gregor Witt, principal oboist with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Professor for oboe and chamber music at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Rostock, is one of Germany’s most sought after musicians.
After graduating from the Hochschule fuer Musik “Hanns Eisler” in 1989, where Mr. Witt studied with Professor Gerd Albrecht Kleinfeld, he became associate principal with Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin. In 1990 he accepted the position as first principal oboist at the Komische Oper Berlin. Three years later, in 1993, Daniel Barenboim invited him to join the Staatskapelle and Staatsoper Berlin in the same capacity.
Gregor Witt has forged numerous musical bonds with chamber ensembles and and solosist, including the Wind Quintet of the Staatskapelle Berlin, Berlin Wind Soloists and he partners with musicians such as Daniel Barenboim, David Geringas, Julia Fischer, Klaus Thunemann, Marie Luise Neunecker.
Musical travels as a soloist, teacher and conductor have taken him to many of Europe’s great musical centers, Japan, the Americas and Israel. He has been heard as guest principal oboe with many of the great European orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Radios Symphony Orchestra of Berlin and the German Symphony Orchestra. At the invitation of Gidon Kremer, Mr. Witt and the Wind Quintet of the Staatskapelle Berlin performed at the International Chamber Music Festival in Lockenhaus and he was a guest at the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival in Jerusalem and New York.
Gregor Witt is a passionate and dedicated teacher. He has been teaching since1993, first at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and currently at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Rostock. He is in much demand as a teacher. Several of his pupils have won national and international awards. He gives international master classes around the world such as at Juilliard in New York, Scandinavia, Asia and Russia. Together with Daniel Barenboim, he mentored for ten years the Isreali-Arab Youth Orchestra “West-Eastern Divan” as well as the students of the Orchestra Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin.
In the last decade, Gregor Witt has also taken to conducting at the Mecklenburg Wind Academy, of which he is a founder. As a conductor and soloist he worked recently with numerous chamber orchestras and the frequently with the State Orchestra of St. Petersburg. His latest cd “my oboe”, recorded with the “Kammerakademie Potsdam” and Daniel Barenboim as his partner in Robert Schumann`s “Drei Romanzen für Oboe und Klavier” got outstanding reviews in Germany and abroad.