Richard is a soloist and chamber musician in new and old music. He studied at Clare College, Cambridge, graduating with a Double First in Music, and at Guildhall School with Martin Roscoe. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2011 and was mentored by Rolf Hind through the Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme 2013-15.
A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Richard won the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2006. In 2015, he gave a recital in the opening weekend of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, featuring world premieres by Francisco Coll, Michael Cutting (commissioned by hcmf//), and Naomi Pinnock (commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society). That same year, Richard premiered a major new work by Matthew Kaner (commissioned by the RVW Trust, Britten-Pears Foundation and Arthur Bliss Trust) at St John’s, Smith Square, and recorded it for the BBC at Maida Vale Studios. 2015 also saw the world premiere of a concerto by Rolf Hind – Tiger’s Nest, for two pianos, percussion and gamelan (with Zubin Kanga and Joby Burgess) – at Cheltenham Festival, and a recording of Mark Simpson’s Barkham Fantasy for NMC.
Richard has released three solo recital discs to critical acclaim. Ghosts & Mirrors (Artists Recording Company), released last season, 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, which features the premiere of Marvin Wolfthal’s Lulu Fantasy. The disc was launched at The Forge, Camden, in a concert with live visuals, in collaboration with artist Nat Urazmetova.
A committed chamber musician, Richard was invited to attend Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove in 2014. He regularly collaborates with clarinettist Mark Simpson, and together they have made numerous recordings for Radio 3, given live broadcasts from Wigmore Hall and Sage Gateshead, and appeared in a Sky Arts film and at Manchester International Festival 2015 (broadcast on BBC Four).
Highlights this season include: a solo recital in Bridgewater Hall; a special concert exclusively of works originally premiered by Richard, at the Cité des Arts, Paris; and, with violinist Callum Smart, the release of a disc of French music (Orchid Classics) plus recitals in Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre and Konzerthaus Berlin.
Richard is on the teaching staff at Guildhall School and City University, and is a trustee of New Dots, a charity supporting emerging composers and performers of new music.