German-born violinist Hartmut Richter is a soloist and chamber musician,  giving regular concerts in Europe and North America. Recent performances and tours have taken him around England and Scotland, France, Slovakia, Canada and Germany. He has performed live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and German TV channel NDR. He is active in several ensembles including the Veles Ensemble string trio, the Richter-Housden Duo (violin/guitar) and the Richter-Ardelean Piano Duo. Hartmut has recorded CDs on NAXOS with music by Stephen Dodgson, released in August 2017, and on Toccata Classics: Egon Wellesz – Chamber Music (February 2023) and Steve Elcock (December 2018) with the Veles Ensemble

Hartmut studied at the Hanover Academy of Music, Germany, under Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Atila Aydintan and Ina Kertscher, before completing his studies with a soloist diploma at the Nuremberg Academy of Music under Lydia Dubrovskaya. Richter won several first prizes in German national competitions including Jugend Musiziert and the Mozart Competition Hildesheim, and has received scholarships for international masterclasses working with renowned professors including Herman Krebbers, Robert Szreder, Rosa Fain, Kurt Sassmannshaus and Christian Altenburger.

Apart from his performing career, Hartmut is a composer, producer and sound engineer and a dedicated violin teacher and frequently holds music workshops internationally. Hartmut plays a copy of the Hart (Ex-Francescatti) Stradivarius violin (1727), made by Christian Erichson, Hanover.

Hartmut is based in London, UK and lives in Norfolk.

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Hartmut Richter was born in Hanover, Germany and started playing the violin at the age of six. In 1994 he became a student of Professor Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the Hanover Academy of Music where he later completed his Diploma of Music under Professors Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Atila Aydintan and Ina Kertscher. He completed his studies under Prof. Lydia Dubrovskaya in Nuremberg where he received his Soloist/Artist Diploma in 2011.

Hartmut has worked with numerous professors in various Masterclasses, including, amongst others, Zenon Brzewski, Helen Brunner, Robert Szreder, Rosa Fain, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Herman Krebbers and Christian Altenburger. Early in his career he started giving international concerts and won several first prizes at the German national competition “Jugend musiziert”. He is a first prize winner of the Mozart Competition Hildesheim 2000 and received a special award of the German Mozart Society. He had his live TV debut in 1999 when he performed on the NDR evening show “DAS!”. Since then he has been giving soloist concerts regularly and has been engaging in numerous chamber music projects.

Apart from his violin career, Hartmut is a composer of classical and contemporary music and a dedicated multi-instrumentalist. Some of the projects and compositions will be uploaded to this website in the future.


” Wellesz’s chamber music, idiomatically played by the Veles Ensemble(…)“
  Egon Wellesz – Chamber Music | CD review in “picks of the week”

Guardian, February 2023

” The performances are marvellous. “
Steve Elcock – Chamber Music Volume One | CD review

Gramophone, April 2019


Recordings:

New CD on Toccata Classics released in February 2023! The Veles Ensemble with chamber music by Austrian/British composer and musicologist Egon Wellesz.


CD on Toccata Classics! The Veles Ensemble with music by Steve Elcock.
You can read a little about the recording sessions here:
here.


A CD recorded together with the Mela Guitar Quartet, Eden-Stell Guitar Duo and others featuring music by Stephen Dodgson has been released on NAXOS in August 2017.


Upcoming Concerts

  • Wed
    13
    Mar
    2024

    Open University

    13:00Milton Keynes - Open University

    with the Veles Ensemble
    more info soon

  • Sun
    19
    May
    2024

    Scotland

    13:00The Stables, Causeway, Cromarty, IV11 8XS Scotland

    with the Veles Ensemble


Past concerts:

Event Information:

  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017

    Veles Ensebmle ++ String Trio Concert

    19:15St Margaret Pattens Church Rood Ln, London EC3M 1HS

    Join the Veles Ensemble for a night of exciting and varied string trio music: Mozart’s legendary Divertimento K563, Schubert’s B-flat major string trio, Egon Wellesz’ dynamic 20th sound world and a few special Christmas arrangements in the beautiful setting of St Margaret Pattens Church.

    Programme:

    W. A. Mozart, Divertimento K563 in E-flat major
    Franz Schubert, String Trio in B-flat major D471
    Egon Wellesz, String Trio Op.86
    6 December 2017, 7.15 pm
    (doors open at 6:50 pm)
    St Margaret Pattens
    Rood Lane
    London
    EC3M 1HS

    Tickets £10
    students £8, children under 14 £5
    Tickets at the door and from
    www.velesensemble.com/tickets

     


News:

22 June 2023: Our trio’s (Veles Ensemble) new CD with music by Egon Wellesz was presented on Austrian radio ORF, it is available (auf Deutsch) to stream for a few more days here:

https://oe1.orf.at/programm/20230620/722879/Oesterreichischer-Expressionismus-im-Exil


Masterclass and Concert @ Oxford University on 27th February 2023 with the Veles Ensemble. More info: Masterclass with the Veles Ensemble | Faculty of Music (ox.ac.uk)


Videos

Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending, with the Chimera Chamber Orchestra in London

Luigi Boccherini, String Trio Op. 14 No. 4 with the Veles Ensemble | Summer 2022



Live video from our Naxos CD release concert at St. James’s Piccadilly, London. Divertissement by Stephen Dodgson.


Live video of the Veles Ensemble string trio performing Beethoven’s Trio Op.9 No.3. http://velesensemble.com/2017/01/13/85/