Prof. Gregor Witt

Born in Dresden, Gregor Witt studied oboe with Prof. Gerd Albrecht Kleinfeld at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin from 1985-1989. Following his first positions as solo oboist at the Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin and the Komische Oper Berlin, Daniel Barenboim appointed him to the same position at the Staatskapelle/Berlin State Opera.

Alongside his work at the Berlin State Opera, Gregor Witt has been Full Professor of Oboe and Chamber Music at the Rostock University of Music and Drama since 2015, where he started teaching in 2004. Many of his former students are solo oboists in famous orchestras and prizewinners at international competitions such as the ARD International Music Competition in Munich 2008 and 2011, as well as the Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition 2010.

Gregor Witt makes guest performances as a soloist both in Germany and abroad and is a member of numerous chamber music ensembles, including the woodwind quintet of the Staatskapelle, with which he has recorded several CDs and performances for radio. His guest performances have taken him to all of Europe’s most important music centres, to Japan, North and South America, and Israel. As a chamber musician, he has performed alongside Daniel Barenboim, David Geringas, Julia Fischer, Klaus Thunemann, Marie Luise Neunecker and many more.  As solo oboist, he has played in many of Germany's major orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Munich Philharmonic.

He has also taken part in renowned festivals, participating at the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival and at the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, with whom he also appeared at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Furthermore, Gregor Witt regularly holds international masterclasses - for example in the USA, e.g. at the Juilliard School in New York, in Norway, Finland, Japan, Russia, and Poland.

He conducts several chamber orchestras and has led the Mecklenburgische Bläserakademie, which he co-founded, since 2006, as well as the Staatskapelle Berlin’s woodwind ensemble “Lindenharmonie”.

His first solo CD “my oboe” was released in 2015, and features music recorded for RBB Berlin, including Robert Schumann’s “Romances for Oboe and Piano” that he performed with Daniel Barenboim.