Petr Altrichter is one of the Czech Republic’s most distinguished conductors, who made an impressive name through his dynamic and insightful interpretations of Czech, Russian and German symphonic repertoire. Altrichter became internationally recognized in 1976 when he took second place and won the special award at the International Conducting Competition in Besançon, France. He graduated from the Conservatory of Music in Ostrava in French horn and conducting and continued his studies at the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts.
At the beginning of his career he became an assistant of Vaclav Neumann in the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Altrichter quickly promoted from Principal Guest Conductor to Chief Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra between 1990 and 1992. He also regulary works with the Czech Philharmonic, the Czech National Symphony and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestras. Moreover, he was appointed the Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra after his first work with the orchestra in 1994, which received fantastic reviews.This post he held from 1997 until 2001. With this orchestra he appeared at the 2000 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and made several highly appreciated recordings for the orchestra’s own label, RLPO live.
In the U.K. Petr Altrichter has also worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout the World he has conducted a number of world’s leading orchestras. Petr Altrichter was the Music Director of the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Konstanz, Germany from 1993 until 2004.
In February 2010 Petr Altrichter conducted some of the CNSO concerts at the Czech Festival in London, and on a subsequent tour.