Rüdiger Lotter is one of the most distinguished and versatile artists of his generation on the music scene today. His fiery performances open up new ideas and emotional scope for both musicians and audiences. His interpretations are always sourced from a detailed confrontation with the musical text and a profound knowledge of the sense and content of every work he deals with. In the Hofkapelle München he founded a top formation for original historically informed performance, enjoying international success with the ensemble for more than ten years that was crowned in 2015 with the Echo Klassik award.
Rüdiger Lotter is an indefatigable explorer of music. His repertoire ranges over everything from Early Music to contemporary compositions and includes all genres. He revives forgotten compositions for the public, or re-evaluates the well-known standard repertoire, such as at the 2019 Chopin Festival in Warsaw, where he made Josef Elsner resound again as the founder of the Polish national style, as he did Beethoven’s Eroica in the orchestral setting of the first performance. As a Baroque violinist, Rüdiger Lotter has set new standards with various CD recordings: for instance with the Rosary Sonatas by Heinrich Ignaz Biber, which he played live in 2004 on the 300th anniversary of the composer’s death. This recording was praised in the English specialist magazine Gramophone as the best available of all recordings of this work on the market. His recording of Bach’s Sonatas for Solo Violin was lauded by West German Radio as the most interesting interpretation to be found on the record market today. As to his recording of the Brandenburg Concertos, the specialist press described it as a standard version that all future recordings will have to measure themselves against.
A special focus for Rüdiger Lotter is on crossover projects covering different epochs and which frequently cast light on surprising musical relationships, for example, his CD project Biber-Berio together with Irvine Arditti, the founder of the Arditti Quartet. Rüdiger Lotter came into contact very early on with leading star musicians of the Early Music scene such as Reinhard Goebel and René Jacobs, but also with the foremost exponents of contemporary music, Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen, for instance. Hence, alongside Early Music, contemporary music has never ceased to be an important part of his work. As an example, in 2020 as part of the No-Beethoven Project of the Cologne Philharmonic, he conducted the work Händeküssen by Lisa Streich, written for the Hofkapelle München.