A never-ending curiosity, combined with a deep passion for music led British/Brazilian violinist Rodolfo Richter to pursue a diverse career as director, soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, concertmaster, teacher and composer.
Richter is a frequent guest director and soloist around the world, including regular engagements with Tafelmusik (Toronto), Arion (Montréal), Portland Baroque Orchestra, Tesserae (Los Angeles), Seville Baroque Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music and B’Rock.
Praised by the international press as ‘one of the most inspirational baroque violinists of his generation’, chamber music has always been at the core of his activities over the years as the leading violinist of many acclaimed groups, such as The Palladian Ensemble, Florilegium, Steinitz Bach Players and Theatre of the Ayre. He often performs in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including London’s The Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, Musikverein Wien, Sydney’s City Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and the Alice Tully and Carnegie Halls in New York.
His love for new and old music, particularly early 20th-century chamber music, resulted in the creation of the Richter Ensemble in 2018. With the aim to explore hidden connections between works from different eras, the group often presents programs as varied as Bach/Webern, Schubert/Schoenberg, Rebel/Part or Vivaldi/Reich/Ligeti.
In great demand as a guest concertmaster, Rodolfo has led The English Concert, Concerto Köln, Capella Mediterranea, Pygmaleon, Ex Cathedra, La Nuova Musica, Die Kölner Akademie and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has collaborated with many eminent conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Mark Elder, Gustav Leonhardt, René Jacobs, Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Marris Jansons and Pierre Boulez. He is a former concertmaster of the Academy of Ancient Music (2005-2015) and B’Rock (2009-2018).
Richter’s extensive discography includes Bach's Brandenburg Concertos with AAM (Harmonia Mundi USA) and Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons with B’Rock (Etcetera) as well as the first recording of the complete sonatas by Erlebach (Linn Records) and Guretzkyi’s violin concerto (Chandos). Currently he has embarked with the Richter Ensemble in a project of recording the complete Second Viennese School string quartets on gut strings, thereby proposing a unique interpretation to this repertory.
Recognising the importance of sharing knowledge, Rodolfo is the director of he Early Music Course and Festival at the Oficina de Música de Curitiba in Brazil since 2012. In addition to giving masterclasses all over the world, from 2007-2015 he was Professor of Baroque violin at the Royal College of Music in London.
Richter started his musical education studying counterpoint, harmony and free composition with Hans Joachim Koellreutter. On Koellreutter’s recommendation, he further developed his knowledge of composition by taking private lessons with Pierre Boulez and participating in master classes with Hans Joachim Hespos, Luigi Nono and Elliot Carter. His works have been performed in concert halls and festivals of new music worldwide. He was the musical director of the “Música Nova” concerts series promoted by the Fundação Cultural de Curitiba in Brazil.
Klaus Wusthoff, I-Fu Wang and Pinchas Zuckermann were Richter’s main violin teachers. He later specialized in the Baroque violin with Monica Huggett. Richter was a prizewinner at the prestigious International Early Music Competition for Ensembles in Bruges (2000) and won first prize at the Antonio Vivaldi International Violin Competition (2001).
Rebecca Huber, a native of the Pacific Northwest in the United States, has a bachelor degree in violin from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a master degree in baroque violin performance from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
Since 2012, she has been the artistic director and concertmaster of the Dutch based orchestra, Symphonie Atlantique which has performed extensively throughout the Netherlands, as well as toured Spain and Mexico, most recently as the ensemble in residence at the San Miguel chamber music festival.
Rebecca performs with numerous chamber ensembles and orchestras around the world. She currently is a member of B’Rock in Belgium, Modelo 62, the Richter ensemble, and frequently collaborates with Opera2day. For the past several years, she has performed frequently in the United States and Mexico, performing with Ars Lyrica in Houston, and La Fontegara and Cepromusic in Mexico.
Rebecca also teaches extensively and has taught several chamber music and orchestral workshops at conservatories and festivals throughout the Americas and Europe and regularly teaches workshops at UNAM in Mexico City. Rebecca is professor of string quartets for the early music department at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
American violinist and violist David Wish received his Bachelor's Degree in violin and composition from the Eastman School of Music and his Master's Degree with Stanley Ritchie in baroque violin from the University of Indiana. He moved to Europe in 2005 to study at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and subsequently settled in France where he studied with Patrick Bismuth at the CNR de Paris.
He benefits from a varied musical background. As an undergraduate he specialized in contemporary music and played for and studied with preeminent composers such as Steve Reich, John Adams, and George Crumb. He also performed in old-time, free-improv, electronic, and medieval ensembles before focusing on baroque music.
David freelances extensively throughout Europe on violin and viola most recently with ensembles such as Pygmalion, B'Rock, Correspondences, Les Musiciens de St. Julien, Les Ambassadeurs, Capriccio Stravagante, Holland Baroque, and Ensemble Caravanserail.
It was while he was in residency at the Banff Centre in Canada in 2003 studying contemporary violin and piano repertoire that David took his first baby steps into the realm of the viola. He discovered the treasured role of the viola in the string quartet while becoming that season's baroque violinist in residence.
Jennifer Morsches enjoys a stimulating freelance career as recitalist, chamber musician, continuo cellist and orchestral player in the UK, on the Continent and in her native USA. She is the principal cellist of Florilegium, with whom she has recorded numerous award-winning discs for Channel Classics Records, and with whom she performs regularly around the globe. As a longtime member of the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Les Siècles, she works regularly with eminent artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir András Schiff, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Roger Norrington, David Zinman and Philippe Herreweghe. Invitations to be guest principal cellist include with Het Nederlands Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Boston Baroque and tours and recordings with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. She is Co-Artistic Director of Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble, based in Cambridge, MA, and Artistic Director of Refractions Music Festival at Owlpen Manor in Gloucestershire. Jennifer graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, First Group Scholar from Smith College with degrees in Music History and German Literature, and was awarded the Ernst Wallfisch Prize in Music. Subsequently she received her Master’s and Doctorate in Cello Performance as a scholarship student of Timothy Eddy at the Mannes College of Music and SUNY at Stony Brook in New York. Recipient of the CD Jackson Prize for outstanding merit and contribution at Tanglewood, she was featured on Wynton Marsalis’s educational music videos with Yo-Yo Ma. She has given world premieres of chamber music by David Matthews, Michael Wolpe and Ben Zion Orgad. She was awarded a Finzi Travel Scholarship (2012) and a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2011) to further research on the violoncello piccolo. Her first solo disc (premier recordings of works by CPE Bach and Francesco Alborea) was released on Barn Cottage Records.