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.
On 27th of June 2018, Andreas Richter was live interviewd by Tina Gerhäusser at Deutsche Welle TV
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. Between 2010 and 2017, 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”.
Assistant Communication & Fundraising
Natalia Breininger completed her master’s degree in Transcultural Studies at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” in 2014, after gainig her bachelor’s degree in Slavic Studies and Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg. Prior to her work at Andreas Richter Cultural Consulting since December 2018, she worked, inter alia, for the Saxon Mozart Society and the University of Heidelberg in the area of communication, press and public relations. In addition to that she also has been a freelance translator and editor for Kaiser Communication and Russia Beyond. Next to her work she regularly publishes articles in various cultural magazines, such as “die horen”, and enjoys attending classical concerts, as well as the opera.
Tours & Projects (on maternity leave)
Julia graduated from Sheffield University in 2003 with a BMus degree and a Masters in Arts and Heritage Management in January 2005. Before joining Andreas Richter Cultural Consulting in June 2017, Julia worked at Intermusica for nine years touring and selling major projects to Asia, the US and Europe. Notable orchestras Julia toured and managed during her tenure at Intermusica included highly acclaimed ensembles such as Freiburger Barockorchester, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Riccardo Chailly, Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, Budapest Festival Orchestra with Iván Fischer and Oslo Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko along with numerous other chamber and baroque groups. When not touring, Julia loves going to see baroque opera, and is a keen viola player who enjoys playing when she can.
Michael Alexander Sauter
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.
In order to deepen her interest in art and music, Daniela Gast decided to study Cultural Management after completing a degree in Social Economics at the University of Hamburg. As part of this master’s program at the Liszt School of Music Weimar, she worked on the project management of the chamber opera performances of Udo Zimmermann’s “Die weiße Rose”. She also gained her first professional experience in the cultural organization in the cultural program of the Goethe-Institut in Tokyo, as well as the intercultural music festival Yiddish Summer Weimar. Since January 2019, she works as a project and tour manager for Andreas Richter Cultural Consulting.
Ilze Upatniece studied International Relations and Communication at the Latvian Academy of Culture and the University of Vienna. In 2011, she completed her studies with a Master of Arts in International Cultural and Media Management. Most recently Ilze Upatniece was the project manager at Baltic Sea Music Education Foundation e.V., where she was responsible for fundraising and education projects for the Baltic Sea Philharmonic. At the same time, she was the co-founder of the music festival “Sensus”, which was awarded the Latvian Culture Prize of the Year in 2017. She gained her first experience in cultural management as an assistant and later as a project manager for Sponsoring and Education at the largest Baltic festival for jazz and world music “Rigas Ritmi”. Since February 2019, she works as a project manager for Andreas Richter Cultural Consulting GmbH.