Australian bassoonist with German roots Andre Oberleuter, returns to Melbourne as a second year musician at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), where he will study under the tutelage of Lyndon Watts, Matthew Wilkie and Brock Imison. Formerly from Brisbane, he completed his secondary studies in 2021 under the tutelage of David Mitchell, associate principal bassoon of the Queensland Symphony.
At 19 years of age, Andre has been awarded numerous prizes and awards, notably 1st prize in the 2021 Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Young Instrumentalist Prize, 1st prize in the 2019 Australian Double Reed Society National Competition and the Milan Kantor Award in the 2022 Melbourne Recital Centre Great Romantics Competition. Subsequently, he has performed concerti by Vivaldi, Telemann, Mozart and Weber with orchestras including the Indooroopilly Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Youth Symphony, ANAM Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Andre has had the honour to appear on some of the country's great stages such as the Queensland and Victorian Government Houses, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre and Arts Centre Melbourne, performing with ensembles including the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Ensemble Q, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Additionally, he has been selected to participate in masterclasses with bassoonists Whitney Crockett (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Simon van Holen (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) and Dag Jensen (Munich University of Music and Theatre). When Andre is not in the practice room, he enjoys pumping iron at the gym or tanning by the beach!
FROM: Brisbane, QLD. Lands of the Jagera/Turrbal peoples.
Photo credit Pia Johnson