Henjo Richter

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Henjo Richter
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Henjo Richter performing live in 2008
Background information
Birth name Henjo Oliver Richter
Born (1963-11-24) 24 November 1963 (age 53)
Hamburg, West Germany
Genres Power metal, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, keyboard, vocals
Years active 1980–present
Associated acts

Gamma Ray


Henjo Oliver Richter, (born 24 November 1963 in Hamburg, West Germany) is a guitarist and keyboardist in Gamma Ray, the German power metal band formed by Kai Hansen.


Henjo is a self-taught musician and started playing at the age of 13. He is a veteran of the German heavy metal scene, but Gamma Ray is his first major band. He joined them as a replacement for guitarist Dirk Schlächter (who had switched instrument to bass) on Somewhere Out in Space (1997). However, in the mid-1980s, Henjo was a member of the heavy metal band Rampage, replacing Roland Grapow.

In 2001, Henjo was hired by Tobias Sammet to be the guitarist of his metal opera project Avantasia .

In 2017, it was announced on Gamma Ray's website that the debut album of 'Unity', which Richter founded together with Michael Ehré, was to be released in spring 2017.


In 2005, Henjo was forced to miss part of Gamma Ray's tour for their album Majestic after injuring himself falling down a set of stairs on the ferry going between Sweden and Finland.

Kasperi Heikkinen replaced Henjo Richter for shows scheduled in Germany and Czech Republic in March 2010 because Henjo was hospitalized on March 16, 2010 due to retinal detachment.[1]

In 2011, he had a biking accident and broke three ribs and his collarbone.


With Gamma Ray[edit]

With Avantasia[edit]

With Rampage[edit]

  • Love Lights Up the Night (1983)

As a guest[edit]


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