KONRAD RICHTER – PIANO

20 August Monday, 21:15 Antique Stone Quarry

KONRAD RICHTER – PIANO
KONRAD RICHTER

Konrad Richter was born in 1935 in Upper Lusatia. At the tender age of 20 he had already graduated from Detmold Conservatory with the state examination for church music. Following this he studied Piano performance.

Konrad Richter began his international career early. As a soloist, chamber musician and ‘Lied’ pianist he guested in the most important European music centers, in Japan and major music festivals such as the “Salzburg Festival”, “Wiener Festwochen”  and “Moscow December”. Besides numerous recordings for radio and television he also made recordings for well-known record labels.

Parallel to his artistic career Konrad Richter built his career as a teacher. In 1968 he was appointed professor at the Hamburg Musikhochschule. Two years later he received a call from Stuttgart Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst  (College of Music and Performing Arts), where he founded the first class for Lied interpretation for singers and pianists in addition to his piano class. Konrad Richter taught in Stuttgart until 2004.

As Rector of the Musikhochschule Stuttgart from 1986 to 1990 Konrad Richter initiated the project “To the victims of violence”, which became a significant contribution to the discovery and dissemination of the works of composers who were killed in the two world wars and in concentration camps. He was particularly committed to composer Viktor Ullmann. He premiered his piano concerto and his recording of this work was awarded the “German Record Prize”. Also, for the first time ever, he presented all seven piano sonatas in seven piano recitals and performed the first complete recording of these works.

For music publisher Schott he edited all piano sonatas composed by Viktor Ullmann in addition to the piano score of Ullmann’s piano concerto.

Since the 1970s Konrad Richter has been a regular guest in Japan for both concerts and masterclasses. He was a guest professor at Tokyo’s State College of Fine Arts “Geidai” and at the “Tokyo College of Music” from 2004 to 2006.

Konrad still spends  several weeks of the year as a visiting lecturer at various universities in Japan.

In 2013, he edited a new piano score of the Orchesterlieder “Four Last Songs” by Richard Strauss for the Zen-On publishing house in Tokyo.

A complete edition of the songs (Lieder) of Richard Strauss for the same Publisher is underway.