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.Click here for an extended biography
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(…)“Guardian, February 2023
Egon Wellesz – Chamber Music | CD review in “picks of the week”
” The performances are marvellous. “Gramophone, April 2019
Steve Elcock – Chamber Music Volume One | CD review
Wed26Sep201819:30Saint Margaret Pattens Church Eastcheap London EC3M 1HS
Veles Ensemble - London Strings Festival
Veles Ensemble & Ahmed Mukhtar
Tickets and more information here.
The Veles Ensemble will open this evening of contrast with a true classic: Beethoven's String Trio Op. 9 No. 1 in G-major. The trios Op.9 - published in 1798 - are often considered to be one of Beethoven's most important early works. The G-major's powerful and even symphonic qualities, wide melodic lines, contrasts and the breathtaking vigour of the finale leave no doubt about its historic significance.
It is followed by Zoltan Kodály's Intermezzo, a wonderfully fresh and light scherzo, written by the then 23 year young composer while finishing a dissertation on the Hungarian folk song at the Budapest academy. Not surprisingly, it combines the spirit of the Hungarian folk song (but without the clyché!) with the depth and sophisticated textures reminiscent of Dohnányi, whose Serenade for string trio served as a model for this short and entertaining delight.
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:
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)
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/