Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation
The Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation was established in 1963 by Oscar and Vera Ritter and approved as a nonprofit foundation by the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on December 18, 1964. The purpose of the foundation is the personal and institutional support of professional training and scholarship assistance for musicians and composers.
The foundation supports exceptionally talented young musicians in accordance with the focus areas of their patronage: these include, for example, the awarding of scholarships or the loan of musical instruments to highly talented applicants. In addition to the many prizes which the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation promotes in various categories, the RITTER PRIZE was established in 2001. It will be awarded annually to musicians and/or composers for especially outstanding achievements.
The Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation also organizes concerts for upandcoming talent in Hamburg. In the concert series “Successful Fellowship Holders” and “Prize Winners Present Themselves”, which have been highly popular over the last decades, young artists display their technical prowess and their remarkable talent in the “Halls of Mozart” and, in the process, gain valuable stage experience.
As the centerpiece of any music education, chamber music is a special area of focus for support and for this reason, it is the express desire of the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation to support the 2nd International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg ICMC 2012 with a substantial contribution.