Accomplished violinist, author and teacher Associate Professor Goetz Richter is one of the world’s most distinguished musicians.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Richter studied with influential musicians Gerhart Hetzel and Max Rostal in Switzerland and Vienna before advancing with solo performances under the tuition of Artur Grummiaux and Riccardo Odnopossoff. He has held leadership positions in Australian orchestras for more than two decades such as Concertmaster of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra at age 22, Principal Violin of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Chair of String Unit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Richter is the founding Artistic Director of the Kendall National Violin Competition and the president of the Sydney Schubert Society. He notably pioneered changes to poor working conditions of orchestral musicians in the 1990s. He continues to serve as a Director for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Richter has collaborated musically with artists such as David Pereira, Roger Benedict, Hermann Baumann, Gerhard Fauth and Bernhard Greenhouse and has played for the ABC, Musica Viva, the Novalis Ensemble and the Sydney Schubert Ensemble.
Richter actively teaches and supervises high-school, tertiary and postgraduate students in numerous institutions and has a prized alumni in leading positions at the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony orchestras and the Macau Symphony.
Goetz Richter completed a PhD in Philosophy of Music at the University of Sydney and this study has become a signature of his teaching style. Richter is Associate Professor in Violin at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and enjoys performing as a chamber musician and recitalist with Jeanell Carrigan, his long-time partner and pianist.
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