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Musical Workshops with Caspar Richter

On November 5 and 6 and December 17 and 18, 2022, workshops with conductor Caspar Richter will take place at our JAM MUSIC LAB premises in the Gasometer.

In the first workshop, Richter will work with students from the Musical and Vocal Department of the Friedrich Gulda School of Music on "Highlights of Musical Literature from the 20th Century to Today."

Richter was born the son of the pastor of the main church of St. Aegidien and received piano lessons at the age of 5. He sang in the Lübeck Boys' Choir and received organ lessons from Manfred Kluge. In 1964 he passed the Abitur at the Gymnasium Katharineum.

At the Musikhochschule Hamburg he studied conducting, piano, percussion and composition and initiated the Ensembles for New Music as well as the Hamburg Chamber Opera. In 1969 he was engaged by Lorin Maazel at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. From 1972 he conducted there mainly contemporary operas, including composers such as Boris Blacher, Gottfried von Einem, Hans Werner Henze, Luigi Dallapiccola, Antonio Bibalo and Aribert Reimann. Richter also conducted the world premiere of Toshirō Mayuzumi's opera Kinkakuji, as well as modern classics such as Moses and Aron and Wozzeck. As a répétiteur and study director, he worked with Karl Böhm, Eugen Jochum, Bruno Maderna, Herbert von Karajan, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Michael Gielen, and others.

Richter also conducted at the RIAS and the children's concerts of the Berlin Philharmonic. He also brought out new arrangements of operettas by Jacques Offenbach. In 1982 he conducted the German-language premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass, but was then engaged at the Vienna State Opera (general music director: Lorin Maazel).
There he conducted modern repertoire and often ballets, but also at the Volksoper. Subsequently, he was chief conductor of the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien for 23 years, where he conducted premieres and first performances of musicals.

At the same time Richter appeared in the Czech Republic as a conductor of symphonic music and chief conductor of the Brno Opera. Richter also guest conducted Gustav Mahler's 6th Symphony in Toblach with the Brno Philharmonic.

In December, the focus will be on something Christmassy - we're looking forward to it!

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Authored on November 3rd, 2022