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Petr Altrichter (born May 24, 1951 in Frentát pod Radhotm, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech conductor. He studied French horn and conducting at the Conservatory of Music in Ostrava. He also studied at the Janáek Academy of Music and Performing Arts. He worked as an assistant conductor to Václav Neumann at the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
With the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Altrichter served as its principal guest conductor, and later principal conductor from 1990 to 1992. In Germany, he was Music Director of the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie from 1993 to 2004. In the UK, he was principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) from 1997 to 2001. His RLPO tenure was marked by financial troubles which had begun before his tenure, in addition to criticism of his conducting style.
Since 2002, Altricther is the principal conductor of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra.
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|Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Principal Conductors|
Julius Benedict (1860s) Max Bruch (1880) Charles Hallé (1883) Henry Wood Louis Cohen (1930s) Malcolm Sargent (1942) Hugo Rignold (1948) Paul Kletzki (1954) Efrem Kurtz (1955) John Pritchard (1957) Charles Groves (1963) Walter Weller (1977) David Atherton (1980) Marek Janowski (1983) Libor Peek (1987) Petr Altrichter (1997) Gerard Schwarz (2001) Vasily Petrenko (2006)