Richard is noted for the integrity and breadth of his musicianship as soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. He has been recognised for his ‘musical intelligence and pristine facility’ (International Record Review), ‘amazing decisiveness’, and ‘tumultuous performance’ (Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph). His playing is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has featured on BBC Two, BBC Four and Sky Arts. Richard was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2011.
Recent highlights include solo recitals in Bridgewater Hall, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Cité des Arts, and concertos by Mozart, Brahms and Grieg. In collaboration with violinist Callum Smart, last season Richard released a CD of French music on Orchid Classics (La voix, selected as a Recommended Recording by The Strad magazine) and gave recitals in Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre and Konzerthaus Berlin. This season includes a solo recital tour in China, return visits to HCMF and Saffron Hall (solo recitals), Wigmore Hall with Savitri Grier, tours of China and Columbia with Peter Moore, Multi-Story with Kate Whitley, and live radio broadcasts with Mark Simpson.
Richard has released three solo discs to critical acclaim. Ghosts & Mirrors (ARC, 2014), was the first recording to be made at Milton Court Concert Hall. Richard spent a Winter Residency at The Banff Centre (Canada) preparing the programme and the disc was launched with live visuals in collaboration with artist Nat Urazmetova.
A passionate advocate of new music, Richard won the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2006 and has made several recordings for NMC.
Richard is a contributor to Edition Peters’ Piano Masterworks series, an innovative multimedia project released through the Tido Music iPad app. He also recorded for the CDs that accompany the ABRSM Piano Syllabuses.
Born in Bradford, Richard studied piano with Ian Buckle, then Music at Clare College, Cambridge (graduating with a Double First in 2008), and at Guildhall School with Martin Roscoe. He was mentored by Rolf Hind through the RPS/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme. In 2014, Richard was invited to attend Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove.
Richard is on the teaching staff at Guildhall School and City University.
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