- Charles Hopkins
(b Dresden, Jan 6, 1912; d Bielefeld, Dec 16, 1980). German pianist, composer, conductor and teacher. After early tuition within the family, he began his serious musical studies at a Dresden music school before attending the Dresden Hochschule für Musik, where he studied the piano with Hans Schneider, in addition to the violin, percussion and conducting. He made his début in Dresden at the age of 16, performing Schubert's ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy as part of a centenary concert. Having begun to establish himself as a pianist, as well as being a conductor and composer, the war interrupted his career – his first appearance in front of an American audience was in a French prison camp. After the war he served as conductor of the Detmold SO, and in 1947 he taught the piano at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie, where from 1955 to 1963 he was professor and director of a masterclass. Richter-Haaser's major international reputation was established after a concert in the Netherlands in ...