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London-born into a musical family, Richard is one of the UK’s leading chamber musicians and has been a regular performer at London’s Wigmore Hall, South Bank  Centre, Kings Place, and at all the major chamber music venues across Europe. 

Richard is Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London - his  ex-students hold principal positions in top orchestras and chamber ensembles across  Europe. He is sought after as a performance coach by musicians at all stages of their  careers. Richard is on the faculty of the Académie Internationale de Musique in  France, the International Summer Academy of Chamber Music in Germany, Bozsok  Music Festival in Hungary, and Airas Nunes in Spain. He is a visiting professor for the  Chamber Music in Residence series at Snape Maltings, has been Artist in Residence  at Musica Mundi in Belgium, and is a guest professor at the Netherlands String  Quartet Academy. Alongside his chamber music career Richard has been Guest  Leader of orchestras such as the City of London Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Age of  Enlightenment, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.  

Richard was lucky to study with Sheila Nelson throughout his childhood, and then  with Yossi Zivoni, and finally with Eli Goren and Shmuel Ashkenasi, both eminent  quartet leaders. He was Teaching Assistant to Shmuel Ashkenasi in the USA for three  years, Professor of Violin at the Royal Northern College of Music for thirteen years  and also Professor of Chamber Music at the Royal College of Music. 

In 2010 Richard founded and is now Artistic Director/CEO of ChamberStudio which  provides high-level coaching and support to emerging professional chamber  musicians. In 2017 he launched a new organisation Offstage which provides ongoing  mentorship for post-study performers. 

In his free time, Richard is a keen mountain walker and wild camper together with  his cellist wife and their 850 gram 2-man tent! He was a passionate rock climber  until he broke a knuckle on his left hand. He holds a first-class Pure Mathematics  degree from the Open University which he studied part time in his 30’s. He has two  children aged 29 and 27 who studied Physics and History and now both live and work  in London.  

In recognition of his teaching and his work creating ChamberStudio, Richard was  awarded the 2014 Cobbett Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians.  Previous recipients include Emanuel Hurwitz, Hugh Maguire, Pablo Casals, Yehudi  Menuhin, Dame Myra Hess and even Sir Edward Elgar in 1928! In March 2017 he  was awarded Honorary Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon ARAM)  for special contribution to the institution.


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