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Richard Carrick
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Richard Carrick


Richard is a composer, conductor, pianist, and co-founder/director of the New York New Music Ensemble Either/Or. The New York Times describes his performances as “hallucinatory” and “first-rate,” and his compositions as “charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness.”

As a performer, Richard has specialized in innovative contemporary music, with performances at Merkin Concert Hall, The Kitchen, Miller Theater, Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, and as soloist in Tokyo, Stockholm, Banff, Amsterdam, and throughout the US. He regularly premieres works by leading composers including George Lewis, Rebecca Saunders, Chaya Czernowin, Jonny Greenwood, Helmut Lachenmann, Hans Thomalla and others. Carrick’s compositions have been commissioned by the Fromm Foundation and performed by the New York Philharmonic Biennial Festival 2014 (with Carrick conducting), ISCM World Music Days-Switzerland, Mid-American New Music Festival, Darmstadt Summer Festival, Tokyo’s International House, Nieuw Ensemble, JACK Quartet, soloists Tony Arnold, Magnus Andersson, Steven Schick, Rohan de Saram, and at Vienna’s Konzerthaus. Carrick taught graduate composition at Columbia University, undergraduate classes at New York University and currently teaches internationally for the New York Philharmonic Education Department. He has recorded for Wergo, New World Records, New Focus Recordings, and Cleerfeed, and his scores are available through Project Schott New York. www.richardcarrick.com