Andreas Kuhlmann began his viola studies at the Folkwang Academy of Music in Essen with Prof. Konrad Grahe. The concert exam with Prof. Emile Cantor in Trossingen and further studies with Prof. Serge Collot in Paris followed. As violist of the Werethina Quartet he graduated with distinction in chamber music.
After further studies with the members of the Amadeus Quartet, Yfrah Neaman, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, György Kurtag and Sandor Devich, concert tours and radio recordings followed throughout Europe (BBC, WDR, Hungarian Radio...).
In 1989 Andreas Kuhlmann became a Folkwang Prize winner and in 1991 won the Yehudi Menuhin Award with his quartet at the first London International String Quartet Competition. After many years of membership in the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, substitute work in many orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, and wide-ranging chamber music and solo activities, he became a member of the Dresden Philharmonic in 1994.
From 2007 to 2013, he was also a member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. Andreas Kuhlmann is the founder and director of the Carus Ensemble, a member of the Philharmonic String Trio and a lecturer at the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music in viola, orchestral studies and chamber music.