Andreas Wittmann started learning the oboe at the age of twelve and studied at the University of Music in Munich with Manfred Clement, going on to study at the Berlin University of the Arts with Hansjörg Schellenberger. In Munich, he also studied conducting with Hermann Michael, and participated several times in the conducting courses of Sergiu Celibidache. This was followed by a scholarship to the Orchestra Academy from 1985 to 1986 and subsequently his engagement with the Berliner Philharmoniker. He currently teaches at the Orchestra Academy. In 1988, he founded the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet together with four of his colleagues. For several years, he was principal oboist with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and makes guest appearances as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and conductor, both in Germany and abroad. This is his first appearance at PMF.