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Richard Carrick
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Richard Carrick


Richard Carrick is a composer, conductor, and pianist who writes music of spatial depth and robust stasis, characterized by continual development and the evocation of profound human experiences. Described both as “charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness” and “organic and restless” by The New York Times, his music is influenced by his multicultural background and experiences as well as his commitment to inspire professionals, audiences, and youth through composition and live performance.

As a composer, Carrick has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Fromm Foundation commission, and his music has been programmed and presented internationally at festivals including New York Philharmonic BIENNIAL Festival, ISCM World Music Days-Switzerland, Pacific Rim Festival, Mid-American New Music Festival, and Darmstadt Summer Festival, and performed by musicians including the JACK and Mivos Quartets, Nieuw Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, New York New Music Ensemble, Musica Nova (Tel Aviv), soloists Marilyn Nonken, Tony Arnold, Margaret Lancaster, Jennifer Choi, Magnus Andersson, Steven Schick, Rohan de Saram, and others. As a performer, he has worked closely with many composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Jonny Greenwood, Chaya Czernowin, Elliott Sharp, George Lewis, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Iancu Dumitrescu, Robert Ashley, Rebecca Saunders, Karin Rehnqvist, and Raphael Cendo and conducted the world premiere of 125 new works in one evening at Miller Theatre in 2013.

Recent activities include a three-premiere tour of Israel including String Quartet #2, Space-Time (Fromm Foundation commission) performed by the Mivos Quartet and Nadav Lev; “The Music of Richard Carrick” at Miller Theatre at Columbia University; Pacific Rim Festival premiere sandstone(s); Enescu Festival premiere of Akko as conductor and composer with Hyperion Ensemble; la touche sonore sous l’eau and Les ciels de Kigali performed internationally by Marilyn Nonken.

He has released three CDs of his music, has recorded for Wergo, New World Records, New Focus Recordings, and Cleerfeed, and his scores are available through Project Schott New York.

A U.S./French citizen born in Paris of French-Algerian and British descent, Carrick received his B.A. from Columbia University, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California-San Diego. He is co-founder and co-artistic director of Either/Or and is currently Chair of Composition at Berklee College of Music.