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Cond. Hans Richter

Hans Richter

Born in Neunburg vorm Wald in 1950 as a great-grandson of the famous master Hans Richter, who conducted several premieres (for example the opera ?The Ring? from Richard Wagner in Bayreuth, Brahms? 2nd and 3rd Symphony, Bruckner?s 4th and 8th Symphony). Hans Richter studied at a university of music, after he graduated from grammar school and he also underwent classes with Herbert von Karajan, Kurt Masur and Sergiu Celibidache.

After he finished his studies, he became an assistant of Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg and Berlin. In 1950 he recieved an award at the International Conductor?s Competition of Hungarian television in Budapest and the Prize of Audience.

During the same year he was awarded a Prize of Support of Music of Munich.

In 1984 he became a first conductor of the Municipal Theater in Biel. At that time he was also an assistant with The New York Philharmonic Orchestra and from the year 1988 to 1991 he was working as a conductor and study leader at the opera in Zurich.

 As a hosting conductor he cooperated with many renowned orchestras, for example with Bavarian Broadcasting Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra NDR Hamburg, Bavarian Symphonists and many other well-known institutions. He was also a hosting conductor of Philharmonic Orchestra of Tokyo in Japan.

1990 Hans Richter conducted, with the ingenious Friedrich Gulda as soloist, the opening-concert of the ?Wiener Festwochen?.

During  tours, especially those in Germany, France and Switzerland, Hans Richter lead the Czech and Hungarian orchestras. Among others he directs as chief-conductor the Smetana Philharmonic Orchestra Prague, the West Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Philharmonic of North Bohemia in Teplice, Philharmonic Orchestra in Budapest, Hungarian Symphonic Orchestra in Miskolc, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Pecs and Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra in Györ.

 As a musician to the core, he is not only interested in symphonic pieces, but in opera and operetta works as well as in chamber music  from the pianists point of view.

 ?Süddeutsche Zeitung? from October 21, 2003
,,Magical baton?
The performance started with the popular Slavic Dances. These dances are very well known among the audience, but the performance lead by Hans Richter was incredibly amazing. He managed to implement a gentle instrumentation, which had never been heard before. In the symphony (Dvorak?s 8th Symfony) he proved himself to be a great conductor that was able to conduct with great respect to clarity and detail.

,,Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung from March 4, 2004
?Brahms with the great-grandson of the conductor of the premier?
? this also applied to the Symphony of Johannes Brahms opus 90. Hans Richter conducted expertly with a master?s touch, especially towards the closure of a scene where he brought out the forcefulness and intensity of the moment.

Südkurier from November 26, 2005

?Temperament, swing, conduct?
? the orchestra, headed by Hans Richter performed in good condition: a very interesting program? Hans Richter, the great-grandson of well-known conductor of the same name, had the orchestra under control? The stand-up instruments played very pleasant tones, audience could hear very measurably subtle structures and wonderful sounds of the trombone forth.. The whole piece ( 9th Syphony by D. Shostakovich) was conducted with a very precious interpretation. The orchestra showed a high level conduct of clear and differentiated dynamics even in high movement as well as in those parts of symphony set in chamber music style.


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