Richter was born in Würzburg. From 1675 to 1679 he served as organist at Heiligenkreuz Abbey in southern Austria. In 1683 he moved to Vienna to become court and chamber organist at the imperial court. In 1690 he was named first organist in the court chapel. He worked there until his death.
Richter's compositions include several toccatas, five suites and other pieces for keyboard. He also wrote music for a number of Jesuit school plays, operas and oratorios. His music shows a decided flair for the dramatic.
Richter died, aged 60, in Vienna. His son Anton Karl Richter (1690-1763) was also court organist, serving from 1718 to 1751.
- Free scores by Ferdinand Tobias Richter at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
- Entry in Grove Concise Dictionary of Music, Oxford University Press, 1994, through Gramophone.com
- Entry in Aeiou, the Austrian cultural information system of the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture