Richard Carrick, born in Paris of French-Algerian and British decent, is a composer, pianist and conductor. His music, described as “charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness” by Allan Kozinn of The New York Times, has been performed internationally by the New York Philharmonic (Ensemble Series), Vienna’s Konzerthaus, ISCM World Music Days-Switzerland, Darmstadt Summer Festival, Tokyo International House, Merkin Hall, Nieuw Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, soloists Tony Arnold, Magnus Andersson, Carin Levine, Rohan de Saram, David Shively, and others.
Recent awards include a Fromm Foundation Commission from Harvard University for his second string quartet, and recent works include the hour-long Flow Cycle for Strings (released on New World Records in 2011), Harmonixity for saxophone quartet, Adagios for Strings, and Find the Devil’s Lead for large ensemble. He also writes large-scale multi-media works including the “operatically ambitious” (The Village Voice) Cosmicomics, based on stories by Italo Calvino and combining video, electronics and live musicians.
Carrick is currently Visiting Professor of Composition at Columbia University and Adjunct Professor at New York University. He has given master-classes and guest lectured about his music at universities in Tokyo, Seoul, London, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Paris, Darmstadt, and New York City where he was Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the New School in 2010.
Carrick is founder/co-artistic director of the New York-based experimental music ensemble Either/Or. As pianist and conductor he regularly premieres diverse works by leading composers including Lachenmann, Czernowin, Radulescu, and Greenwood, as well as performing in improvising ensembles. He received his BA from Columbia University, a master’s and doctorate from the University of California-San Diego with Brian Ferneyhough, and pursued further studies at IRCAM and the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. A number of his recent works are published by Project Schott New York.