International award-winning organist Richard Pinel is the Assistant Director of Music of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where he accompanies the famous choir in some eight services a week. Prior to his appointment in 2009, he held similar posts at Magdalen College, Oxford and Perth Cathedral, Australia and the organ scholarships of St Albans Cathedral and Magdalen College, Oxford.
Beginning his musical life as a chorister at All Saints’ Church, Northampton, Richard was awarded the prestigious organ scholarship at Magdalen College, Oxford in 2002. Whilst reading music there, Richard worked under the direction of the composer and former King’s Singer, Bill Ives. During this time, the Grammy-nominated college choir undertook several recording projects on the Harmonia Mundi USA label, on which Richard’s playing was hailed as ‘a force of nature’.
More recently, Richard has undertaken further study with Henry Fairs as a Junior Fellow at Birmingham Conservatoire. Since then he has enjoyed competition success on an international level, culminating in the First Prize, Ad Wammes Prize and Naji Hakim Prize at the Breda International Organ Competition in The Netherlands.
As a teacher, Richard has led masterclasses for the Royal College of Organists and tutored on the Oundle for Organists summer course. Recital engagements have taken him across the UK, to Europe and the United States of America and he has broadcast, as both organist and pianist, on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, Classic FM and Radio France Culture.
‘With a touch like water over rocks and a tone like the wind through the leaves, Pinel's playing is a force of nature’
All Music Guide
‘[...] played with brilliance, and a good understanding of the instrument and the music’