After his studies with André Navarra and Pierre Fournier, Christoph Richter was principal cellist of the Northern Radio Symphony Orchestra in Germany, conducted by Günter Wand. An intense collaboration with Sandor Végh and prizes at international competitions such as Paris (Rostropovich) and Geneva led him to the decision to leave the orchestra.
He became professor at the Folkwang University in Essen (Germany), was a member of the Cherubini Quartet and played as soloist with many leading orchestras.
From 2004-09 he played in the Heine Quartet, with whom he recorded a CD of works by Brahms and Janá?ek, which became The Strad Magazine’s CD of the month.
His strong interest in contemporary music has led him to work with composers such as Penderecki, Kurtág, Henze, Lachenmann, Holliger, Reimann and Widmann.
ECM released his recording of works by Schumann and Holliger with pianist Dénes Várjon. A second CD of the complete works for cello and piano by Brahms and Webern will follow, also for ECM.
In 2009 he performed a complete cycle of Beethoven works for cello and piano at Kings Place in London and several other European cities. Upcoming concerts include the Schumann cello concerto at the Musikverein in Vienna, projects with the Camerata Bern, the Beethoven Triple concerto with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and violinist Anthony Marwood, and chamber music concerts with Andras Schiff, Isabelle Faust, Erich Hoebarth, and Thomas Riebl in Paris, London, Milan, Bern, Salzburg and Berlin.
He is a faculty member of the European Chamber Music Academy and was teaching at the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland.
He has been invited as a jury member for international competitions such as the Haydn competition in Vienna, the Joachim competition in Weimar, the London String Quartet Competition (2009 and 2012) and the Trondheim Competition in Norway.
Christoph Richter has made solo and chamber music recordings for the labels EMI, ECM, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Tudor, cpo, Wergo and Genuin.