Andreas Richter Cultural Consulting Team
Owner and Managing Director
Andreas Richter founded Andreas Richter Cultural Consulting in 2013. Previously, he had worked with great success as Managing Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO), as Intendant of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO), and as Director of Communications and Concert Activities at the Komische Oper in Berlin. The focus of all his activities was on programming, project and profile development, communications, and fundraising. For both the DSO and the MCO, he raised the orchestras’ profiles in the areas of education and development, and established both groups as unmistakable names on the international orchestral scene. In addition, Andreas Richter has served on many juries and taught seminars on cultural management at numerous universities. He has written for various publications (including the Berliner Tagesspiegel), and serves in an honorary capacity as a coordinator of the Forum Zukunft Kultur, a division of the Stiftung Zukunft Berlin. Since 2013, he has been Artistic Director for the concert activities of the Esterházy Foundation.
Communications & Fundraising
Since 2014, Andrea Kerner has developed communication and fundraising strategies for numerous projects on behalf of Andreas Richter Cultural Consulting, and is responsible for the company’s external communication activities. Most notably, she was Communications Director for the European Union Youth Orchestra’s project “EUYO in Berlin – Meeting History, Creating the Future” and the campaign “#crowdfundingradialenacht”. Following several years as a theater dramaturge, she moved to the field of music in 2005, managing the international external communications of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for the following five years. Since 2010, Andrea Kerner has been a self-employed public relations and fundraising advisor in charge of press relations for a number of clients represented by the agency “maren borchers・for artists” (including the opening phase of the interdisciplinary music project Haydn2032, the German press relations of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and various cultural projects for BASF). She regularly writes for “Das Orchester” and “Oper! Das Magazin”. She also engages in volunteer work for the multicultural music project “Wir Kinder vom Kleistpark”
Michael Alexander Sauter (Freelance)
Tours & Projects
Michael Sauter has been a freelance associate of Andreas Richter Cultural Consulting since February 2017. He is involved with project development and concert sales. Sauter studied German culture, theater studies, and bibliography. He worked as a dramatic advisor at a number of theaters before joining the Salzburg State Theater as an dramatic advisor for opera, operetta, and ballet, where he supervised operas by composers such as Mozart, Verdi, and Britten, and operettas by Johann Strauss, Lehár, and Kálmán. He also was in charge of developing numerous concert programs. While in Salzburg, Sauter worked with conductors such as Ivor Bolton and Ola Rudner, and with directors such as Doris Dörrie and Frank Hilbrich. During this period, Michael Sauter wrote the libretti for a number of popular and critically acclaimed new ballet productions by the choreographer Peter Breuer, and was responsible for costume and set design for a number of productions. The ballets TCHAIKOVSKY and LULU have been performed on international tours, and TCHAIKOVSKY was part of the permanent repertoire of the Baden State Ballet in Karlsruhe. For the Richard Strauss Festival in 2007, Sauter conceived a three-part ballet evening titled JOSEPH’S LEGEND / SALOME’S DANCE / BOLERO. He taught opera dramaturgy and gave a series of lectures on ballet libretti at the Mozarteum and the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg. More recently, Sauter was responsible at the Suhrkamp publishing house for copyright sales and acquisition in the areas of spoken theater, music theater, and dance. While at Suhrkamp, he worked as an editor for numerous authors, composers, and choreographers, as well as developing a new music theater and dance department for the company.
Arnold Simmenauer (Freelance)
Tours & Projects
Arnold Simmenauer has worked since November 2014 on numerous projects for Andreas Richter Cultural Consulting. In particular, he deals with the active marketing and organization of tour projects. Following four semesters of literature and linguistics studies, he became Business Manager of the literary café “Leonar” in Hamburg. Changing his focus in 2013, Simmenauer took over tour support activities for the West Eastern Divan Orchestra as well as a position in the organization and administration team of John Neumeier’s German National Youth Ballet. Since 2014, he has been self-employed, working on projects for various orchestras. For the Impresariat Simmenauer, he also represents various chamber music ensembles as well as the cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
Anna Berenika Haefliger
Assistant Tours & Projects
Since 2016, Anna Haefliger has been an assistant for project direction and tour support: for example, the September 2016 tour with musicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis. Haefliger received a Master of Arts degree in “Music in Development” from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. Her master’s thesis dealt with the traditional music of Georgia, and in this connection she continues to curate the online platform musicalgeographies.com. While still a student, Anna Haefliger began to organize and promote concerts in diverse musical genres, from classic to alternative. She has worked as an assistant for the Musical Olympus Foundation and as an Event Manager for SOAS Radio at the University of London.