Born in Klagenfurt
Member since 1998-11-01
Prizewinner in the German national competition »Jugend musiziert«, winner of the Liezen International Cello Competition (1995), Pörtschach Brahms Competition (1996) and Domenico Gabrielli Competition of Berlin (1999)
»My most important and perhaps most satisfying experience in this orchestra was the realization that each individual is expected to be able to take musical responsibility for him- or herself. This sense of responsibility is quickly transmitted to every new member and thus comes to characterize the orchestra as a whole, in musical as well as other matters of mutual concern.«
A friend of his older sister played the cello. Knut Weber, then exactly five years old, was especially taken with the low strings and knew at once: »That’s my instrument!« He’d already been searching for a suitable one and, in any event, wanted to learn an instrument where you didn’t have to stand while playing. The cello seemed absolutely ideal. He received his first musical training from the Slovenian cellist Milos Mlejnik. Later he studied in Cologne with the Alban Berg Quartet and Claus Kanngiesser as well as with Wolfgang Boettcher in Berlin, where in 2002 he passed his concert exam with distinction. Further significant encouragement came from Heinrich Schiff, Frans Helmerson, David Geringas, Siegfried Palm and the Beaux Arts Trio.
Knut Weber was a scholar and principal cellist of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra before being engaged by the Berliner Philharmoniker. Chamber music is a major focus of his activities. He is a member of the »12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic« and also appears regularly as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles in Europe, Asia, North and South America. His greatest extra-musical interest is his family. In addition, the cellist enjoys sport, especially in the mountains of his native Austria, and he delights in aesthetics, whether in painting, architecture, photography, language or music.