Logo: Lukas Dreyer


The Professional Journey of a Leipzig Cellist

Lukas Dreyer, well-known as solo cellist in the Altenburg-Gera Philharmonic Orchestra, founder of the 12 Thuringian Cellists, instructor at the Weimar (Germany) University of Music, as well as initiator and artistic director of the Leipzig Wave-Gothic festival’s WGT Music Chamber, has made the musical rounds of Germany’s states of Thuringia and Saxony. The cellist ultimately achieved international recognition through his cello quartet quattrocelli, which he founded while still a student, and which is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Combining his love of Baroque music and jazz, in 2015, he founded the international concert ensemble “Freiraum Syndikat”, which, with a bold combination of cello, jazz guitar, and two recorders, recreates the opulence of an entire chamber orchestra in its performances. The four musicians’ specialty is their mutual attempt to break boundaries and leave behind comfort zones, while, in a blend of improvisation, playful refinement, and a mixture of differing musical styles spanning over four centuries, creating never-before-heard musical novelties. The ensemble’s success has already led to collaboration with such renowned composers as Moritz Eggert and Henning Sieverts.

1969 Born in Doebeln/Saxonia as the eldest of three children in a musical family
1980 First cello lessons, at the age of eleven
1992 – 1999 University studies in Chamber Music in Frankfurt a.M. and Budapest, concert examinations in Aachen
1997 – present Founder of quattrocelli
1999 – 2013 Solo cellist with the Altenburg-Gera Philharmonic Orchestra
2007 – 2012 Founder of 12 Thuringian Cellists
2011 – present Founder and Artistic Director of the WGT Musikkammer (Leipzig Wave Gothic Festival)
2015 – present Founder and Director of the Eichsfelder Domfestspiele
2015 – present Founder and Director of Freiraum Syndikat

Teaching Activities

2007 – present Instructor for Orchestra Studies, concentration in Cello, FRANZ LISZT University of Music, Weimar, Germany
2008 - 2011 Instructor of Cello at the Belvedere Music Academy, Weimar, Germany
2010 – 2016 Instructor of Cello at the “August Hermann Francke” Landesgymnasium Latina (State Secondary School), Halle, Germany
2013 -2014, 2017 Mentor at the “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” University of Music, Leipzig, Germany

Collaborative Projects

2006 Chick Corea “In the spirit of Mozart”, Tour
2010 Lalo Schifrin Commissioned works for quattrocelli
2014 Henning Sieverts “Tonspuren”
2015 Frank Soehnle Puppet-show project
2015 - present Moritz Eggert Leipzig Wave Gothic Festival, Songs & La BETTLEROPERa composed for FREIRAUM SYNDIKAT
2016 Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Theater and Philharmony Thuningia musical play reading
2017 Neuköllner Oper Berlin, Balletto Civile, Genua

Influential Encounters

Prof. Daniel-Robert Graf
Prof. Hans-Christian Schweiker
Prof. Hubert Buchberger
Prof. Sandor Devich
Prof. Uzi Wiesel
Alban Berg Quartet
Bartók Quartet
Melos Quartet
Smetana Quartet
Amadeus Quartet
Armando Chick Corea
Lalo Schifrin


Foundation Villa Musica
Sellheim Foundation
Ernst von Siemens Foundation
EEB Thuringia