Richard Hein

was born in Vítkov on 21st January 1966. After leaving the secondary school he studied conducting in Graz, Austria, with Professors Milan Horvát and Wolfgang Bosic. He graduated in 1989 with distinction. After the graduation he was active as a conductor of both opera and symphony orchestras. Beside radio recordings for the ORF he gave concerts in Yugoslavia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and Japan.

Already during his studies he was awarded the Culture Prize of the city of Singen, Germany. In 1993 he became opera conductor in Opava, Czech, then he worked in operas in Olomouc, Pilsen and Brno (all Czech). Since 1997 he has had a permanent conductor’s contract in the State Opera in Prague. Since 1999 he has also been conducting at the Prague summer festival ”Opera Mozart" in the Theatre of the Estates (Stavovské divadlo).

At the same time, he dedicates himself to symphony conducting. He has worked with a number of orchestras, such as Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava, Olomouc Philharmonic, Symphony orchestra in Pilsen and Symphony Orchestra in Mariánské Lázně.

As both an artist and teacher he also takes part in the project ”Toujours Mozart" which takes place simultaneously in Salzburg, Austria, and Prague. He is a member of the jury at the international competition of pianists and conductors ”Symphonic Workshop" in Kroměříž, Czech. In summer 2001 he became the artist conductor of the ensemble ”Harmonia Mozartiana Pragensis".