About

Andrea Ritter, 1st Prize winner at the “2007 Montreal International Recorder Competition,“ has long since gained a permanent standing among the world's leading recorder players. Emanating from the renowned Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, and with her newly founded ensembles Spark and Koschitzki & Ritter, she captures the international stage as a solo artist as well as a chamber musician. Ritter combines classical tradition and influences from contemporary avant-garde music with her passion for Kurt Weill, “film noir”, jazz and electronic music. Women with independent personalities such as Björk, Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Patti Smith and Romy Schneider are among her diverse influences. This is clearly reflected in her various cooperations ranging from stars of the early music scene like Dorothee Oberlinger, Maurice Steger, Reinhold Friedrich, Kay Johannsen and Christine Busch all the way to jazz chanson singer Kitty Hoff, klezmer clarinetist Helmut Eisel and beatboxer Robeat. In addition to her concert activities, Ritter gives master classes in Germany and abroad.  Some of these courses have included the July 2006 Master Courses at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Lübeck, Germany, and the International Master Classes in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. In 2005 and 2006, Andrea Ritter was guest lecturer at the prestigious Anton Bruckner University for Music, Acting and Dance Arts in Linz, Austria.

Andrea Ritter has released several CDs with ARS Produktion, Carus, Channel Classics, Universal and Berlin Classics. Her concerts were recorded by, among others, the NDR, SWR, WDR, BR4, HR2, Deutschlandradio and Radio 4 Nederland as well as broadcasted on TV in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Japan. She is a founding member of the ensemble Spark, patronized by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation in 2007, with the instrumentation of two recorders, violin/viola, cello and piano. Spark has already inspired numerous internationally renowned composers to new works. Furthermore, in 2006, she founded the baroque ensemble Koschitzki & Ritter together with Daniel Koschitzki, in which she puts literature for two recorders and basso continuo on stage. With this ensemble, Andrea Ritter has been awarded 1st Prize at the International Händel Competition Göttingen in 2009. At the moment Ritter, as a soloist, increasingly works together with Daniel Koschitzki on the piano. In 2008, the pair introduced the duo program "Bird’s Paradise" to an international audience. The program contains numerous original arrangements and compositions, which combine classical music with jazz standards, Weill’s cabaret songs and theatrical interludes.

Born 1978 in Erlangen, Andrea Ritter studied the recorder at the University of Music Karlsruhe with Prof. Karel van Steenhoven and graduated with distinction in summer 2007. At an early age, she achieved several first prizes at numerous international competitions both as a soloist and in ensemble, including the International Recorder Competition Engelskirchen 1997. In 1998, she was awarded the Concert Prize at the Open Holland Recorder Competition Utrecht upon which she gave her winner’s concert at the 6th Open Holland Recorder Festival Utrecht in 2001. In 2003, she received a scholarship from the Culture Fund Baden e.V. as well as from the Association Friends of the University of Music Karlsruhe and the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Live Music Now. In the following year, a scholarship for artistic development was awarded to her by the Art Foundation Baden-Württemberg.