Walter Reiter

Walter Reiter is internationally recognised as a leading Baroque violinist, teacher, leader and conductor. He is Baroque Violin Professor at Trinity College of Music in London, and visiting Professor of Baroque Violin in the Institute of Superior Arts in Havana and in the Tel Aviv Conservatory. He has given master classes in Italy, France, Canada, Israel, Croatia, Peru, Spain and Cuba, where he is working to establish a Baroque Orchestra, and where he regularly conducts, most recently the three last  symphonies of Mozart. His work in Cuba is now sponsored by the Mozarteum Trust in Salzburg. He has been involved in teaching projects at The Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in London, as well as teaching baroque repertoire at the Yehudi Menuhin School.
 
Walter Reiter graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and  continued his studies under Ramy Shevelov in the University of Tel Aviv and Sandor Vegh in Germany. After working in the Menuhin Festival Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and contemporary music groups in Paris, having studied with Prof Felix Andreiewsky towards a Master's degree in Violin Pedagogy in the Jerusalem Academy of Music, he worked as a violin teacher at the City Music School in Düsseldorf, Germany, and at the Rubin Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem, where he devoted himself for six years to the intensive teaching of talented children. His love for the music of the 17th and 18th centuries brought him to the study of 'authentic' performance practice on period  instruments, and this has been his passion ever since.
 
Walter Reiter has for many years led the second violins in The English Concert, with whom he tours and records extensively, frequently appearing as a soloist, and with the English Concert Chamber Group. He has led Les Arts Florissants, the Netherlands Bach Society Orchestra, the Hanover Band, the Seville Baroque Orchestra, Barokkanerne (Oslo), the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, Academia Daniel, the Gabrieli Consort, the King's Consort, and the English Concert, and was appointed leader of the Orchestra of the Sixteen, under Harry Christophers, in 2003. He has appeared as director and soloist with the Orchestra Barocca Italiana in Rome, the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, the Varazdin Festival Orchestra, and the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra. He has made countless recordings with orchestras in Europe and the UK. A much-travelled recitalist, he has recorded the Recreations of Leclair for Addes, France, and Sonatas by Mondonville for Meridian, a CD which was awarded the ‘Choc’ label by the French CD magazine Diapason. In 1999 he founded Cordaria, whose highly acclaimed solo CDs on the  Signum label are of Vivaldi Violin Sonatas Op 2, the Biber Mystery Sonatas, and Un alma innamorata, a collection of cantatas for voice, violin obbligato and continuo. He is currently working on a series of CDs of chamber works by Telemann, Graupner and lesser German composers with Academia Daniel, for the German label CPO.
 
Walter Reiter is working on two books of pedagogic interest for baroque violinists, How to Play the Baroque Violin, an Annotated, Graded Course  of Works for the Perplexed, Curious and Diligent and A Baroque Violin Gradus ad Parnassum, as well as a novel Healing by Deceit.

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