Richard Harwood

Richard Harwood

'[...] probably the greatest young 'cello talent since Jacqueline du Pré'
The Strad


Richard Harwood has performed concerti and recitals in major venues including London’s Royal Albert Hall, all of the Southbank Centre venues, Wigmore Hall, Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Thomaskirche (Leipzig), and the Auditorium du Louvre (Paris).

Concerto performances have taken Richard to many parts of the world and he has collaborated with conductors such as Okko Kamu, Marko Letonja, Douglas Bostock, David Parry, En Shao, Shuntaro Sato, and Yehudi Menuhin, and been soloist with numerous orchestras including the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia, Auckland Philharmonia, and the Ural Philharmonic.

As chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Jerusalem and Endellion Quartets, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Olivier Charlier, Benjamin Schmid, Ilya Gringolts, Pekka Kuusisto, Vilde Frang, Chen Halevi, Julian Bliss, Martin Roscoe, Finghin Collins, Ashley Wass, Gottlieb Wallisch, and Julius Drake, among many others.

Richard’s discography includes a critically acclaimed debut disc for EMI Classics, recorded with pianist Christoph Berner. In addition, Richard can be seen and heard in Phil Grabsky’s 2009 documentary In Search of Beethoven which received its theatrical premiere at the Barbican Theatre, London, was broadcast on Sky Arts, and shown in cinemas worldwide.

Richard 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, János Starker, Steven Isserlis, Boris Pergamenschikow, Miklós Perényi, Bernard Greenhouse, Valentin Erben (Alban Berg Quartet), William Pleeth, Zara Nelsova, and Ferenc Rados.

Richard plays a cello by Francesco Rugeri, dated 1692.


'Fresh insight, effortless musicianship and a confidence belying his years'
The Observer

'[...] an articulate musician with zest, spontaneity, technical assurance, and a lovely sense of line [...] a major talent'
BBC Music Magazine


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