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Richard Carrick
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Richard Carrick


Richard is a composer, conductor, pianist, educator, 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 Enescu Festival, New York Philharmonic BIENNIAL Festival, Svensk Musikvår Festival (Sweden), Miller Theatre, The Kitchen, Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series and more. He regularly premieres works by leading composers including Iancu Dumitrescu, George Lewis, Chaya Czernowin, Elliott Sharp, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Jonny Greenwood, Helmut Lachenmann, Hans Thomalla and many others, having conducted the world premiere of 125 new works in one evening at Miller Theatre in 2013.

As 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.

He has released three CD’s 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.

Carrick is Chair of Composition at Berklee College of Music and has presented masterclasses and lectures throughout the US, Canada, Holland, France, UK, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Rwanda, Japan and South Korea. Former posts include composition faculty at Columbia and New York Universities, and teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic through which he has mentored hundreds of young composers internationally including new programs in Israel and Rwanda.