Hardy Rittner is one of the pioneers in the field of historical performance practice of the nineteenth century and a member of the new generation of pianists who feel at home both on the modern concert grand piano and with repertoire extending through to contemporary music. For the Detmold label MDG this two-time Echo Klassik prizewinner has produced the first recording of Johannes Brahms’s solo piano music on original period instruments; his discography also includes a live recording of Brahms’s first piano concerto with the historically informed l’arte del mondo orchestra (conductor: Werner Ehrhardt), Chopin’s complete études, and Arnold Schönberg’s piano oeuvre.
Concerts have taken Rittner to almost all of Europe’s countries – in Germany to venues such as the Philharmonic Hall and Konzerthaus in Berlin, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, historic Stadthalle in Wuppertal, Rudolf-Oetker-Halle in Bielefeld, Tonhalle in Düsseldorf – and to the United States, Canada, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Rittner was the recipient of fellowships from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and the Herbert-von-Karajan-Centrum in Vienna. During 2009-12 he received support from Bayer Kultur as a stART-Künstler. After studying piano and Hammerklavier with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Siegbert Rampe at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, he continued his education at the University of the Arts in Berlin, where he passed his concert examination with Klaus Hellwig and received comprehensive training in music theory from Hartmut Fladt that has made an enduring and rich contribution to his work as an interpreter. Christian Zacharias, Ivo Pogorelich, and Sylvain Cambreling were also among those who contributed to his education as a performing artist.
Hardy Rittner teaches master classes in Germany and foreign countries.