articulate musician with zest, spontaneity, technical assurance and a lovely sense
of line…a major talent." Helen
Wallace, BBC Music Magazine
his concerto debut at the age of ten, the award-winning English 'cellist Richard
Harwood has performed concerti and chamber music in major venues including
London's Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Musikverein (Vienna),
Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Thomaskirche (Leipzig), Auditorium
du Louvre (Paris) and Alice Tully Hall / Lincoln Center (New York).
concerto soloist, Richard has worked with conductors such as Mark Wigglesworth,
Case Scaglione, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Michele Mariotti, John Wilson, Okko Kamu,
Marko Letonja, Douglas Bostock, En Shao, Shuntaro Sato and Yehudi Menuhin, and
with numerous orchestras including The Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth
Symphony, RTÉ National Symphony, RTÉ Concert, Auckland Philharmonia and the Ural
chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Jerusalem and Endellion Quartets,
Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Olivier Charlier, Guy Braunstein, Benjamin Schmid,
Alena Baeva, Ilya Gringolts, Pekka Kuusisto, Vilde Frang, Chen Halevi, Julian
Bliss, Martin Roscoe, Peter Donohoe, Gottlieb Wallisch and Julius Drake, among
others. Richard was cellist of the Sitkovetsky Trio from 2014-2016.
discography includes a debut disc for EMI Classics; recorded with pianist Christoph
Berner, Composing Without The Picture (Resonus); a solo album of concert
works written by film composers, and Christopher Gunning's Cello Concerto recorded
with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. On screen, Richard can be seen and heard
in Phil Grabsky's 2009 documentary In Search of Beethoven and is regularly
featured as a soloist on movie soundtracks, most recently in Patrick Doyle's score
to Kenneth Branagh's Murder On The Orient Express.
was appointed principal cellist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the beginning
of 2018. He has also been a principal of the John Wilson Orchestra, and guest
principal at the London Symphony and RTÉ Concert orchestras.
began his studies with Joan Dickson, before continuing with other eminent teachers
such as Steven Doane, David Waterman, Heinrich Schiff (University of Music and
Dramatic Art, Vienna) and Ralph Kirshbaum (Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester).
He complemented his studies by taking master classes and lessons with Mstislav
Rostropovich, Janos Starker, Steven Isserlis, Boris Pergamenschikow, Miklós Perényi,
Bernard Greenhouse, Valentin Erben (Alban Berg Quartet), William Pleeth, Zara
Nelsova and Ferenc Rados .
plays a 'cello by Francesco Rugeri, dated 1692.
playing is hard to beat for sheer beauty of tone."
Banks, The Strad
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