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 52)
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 play guitar on his Avantasia project. He is also rumoured to have offered his services to Hansen's former band Helloween for their album Rabbit Don't Come Easy following the departure of their guitarist Roland Grapow.


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]


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