Stephan Richter


With over 40 years as an active professional cellist and bassist, Stephan has extensive experience in composing, performing and teaching in a diverse range of musical settings.
He is skilled and experienced in developing compositions for individuals as well as ensembles including chamber music and orchestral works. He is focused on tailoring compositions for professional performers of various stylistic backgrounds. At the same time he creates music, which challenges emerging young players to improve their performance skills. Further, he writes scores for short films, documentaries, theatre and dance.
He has extensive experience as a performer in numerous and varied musical settings around the world. His original works have been presented at festivals and other large public events.Born in Switzerland, Stephan Richter began his musical career with a Bachelor and post graduate studies in Zurich before studying in New York and finally moving to Australia where he completed a Master.
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Akoustic Odyssey

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  • Switzerland


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In Silence - Mandala Gates Canon
The Composition is in the form of an eight bar canon. There are four entry points for each individual instrument and four vocal parts. The four parts symbolize the four gates to a Tibetan mandala. Entering through the gates assists the process of removing obstacles. The auspicious number eight is represented in the eight bars and also the eight parts. The opening of the tune is a free interpretation of the eight bar melody enhanced by the haunting Australian native sounds of the didgeridoo. The didgeridoo re-appears at the end of the song, before going into primordial space and complete silence. The next section gradually builds up to the four parts before it branches out into eight simultaneous parts of instruments and voices combined. Other instruments include the Indian bansuri, European cello and piano, and American vibraphone. The main male vocals are by a Kazakhstan vocalist and the soprano by a German vocalist. The combination of instruments, players and vocals span the world and come together in a united song. The nature of a canon is equanimity as the same musical line repeats throughout unchanged. The simultaneous occurrence of the same line in a staggered manner creates a new dimension which is bigger than each individual statement. At the same time the line never looses its integrity and authenticity. Quite the contrary - without its balanced uniqueness it would never be able to serve as the basis of the bigger picture.
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  • Ambient
  • Classical
  • Easy Listening
  • Indian
  • Instrumental
  • New Age
  • Religious / Spiritual
  • Ritual
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Bass-baritone
  • Choir
  • Soprano
  • Piano
  • Cello
  • Vibraphone/ Vibraharp
  • Bansuri
  • Didgeridoo
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Nepal
  • Switzerland


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