Hartmut Rohde is one of the leading and most sought-after European violists, renowned for his stylistic versatility and rhetorical perceptiveness. He is especially interested in bringing a historically informed approach to his interpretations of the classical, romantic and contemporary repertories. Among Rohde’s regular chamber music partners are Janine Jansen, Jörg Widmann, Christian Tetzlaff, Kolja Blacher, Paul Meyer, Lars Vogt and David Geringas. He holds a professorship at the University of the Arts Berlin, and is founding member of the renowned Mozart Piano Quartet which undertakes extensive worldwide tours.
Hartmut Rohde has performed at such prestigious international venues and festivals as Carnegie Hall, Berlin Festival, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Seoul Arts Center, Le Pont Festival Japan, Ravinia Festival USA, Wigmore Hall, Australian Chamber Music Festival, Spannungen Festival Heimbach and the International Jerusalem Music Festival.
His personality showed an experienced, confident but decidedly cerebral performer. Hindemith´s Sonata op.11/4 got the programme of to an impressive start, not only on account of Rohde´s large and virile tone but also thanks to the sympathetic delineation of the composer´s purpose (...) Rohde´s tonal distinction seemed to enrich the material of the Solo sonata by B. A. Zimmermann, as was the case with Bloch´s Suite Hebräique
Conductors with whom Rohde has collaborated include Kent Nagano, Paavo Järvi, Michael Sanderling, Georg Alexander Albrecht and Massimo Zanetti. He has been written works by such composers as Krzysztof Penderecki, Brett Dean, Nils Sören Eichberg, Krystof Maratka, David Philip Hefti and Olli Mustonen.
Hartmut Rohde has made numerous international radio recordings, as well as recording discs for EMI Classics, Decca, BMG/Sony, MDG, cpo and Naxos, and is a recipient of the Supersonic Award. Recent and upcoming highlights include his debut with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, Brazil (Bartok Concerto) and the world premiere recording and performances of Philip Sawyers’ Viola Concerto with the English Symphony Orchestra.
Photograph credit - Boguslaw Beszlej
Malcys Viola Concerto
Cecil Forsyth Viola Concerto
Ursula Mamlok: From My Garden for solo viola