RICHARD CARRICK

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Composer, conductor and pianist Richard Carrick is a Guggenheim Fellow 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, Carrick's music is influenced by his multicultural background and experiences as well as his commitment to inspire professionals and youth through composition.  His 2015 CD release, Cycles of Evolution, includes pieces commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Either/Or, Sweden’s Ensemble Son, Hotel Elefant, and String Orchestra of Brooklyn.  Other recent CD’s include The Flow Cycle for Strings (2011 New World Records) and Stone Guitars (2014). 


His music has been programmed and presented internationally at festivals including NYPHIL BIENNIAL,  ISCM World Music Days-Switzerland, Enescu Festival, Pacific Rim Festival, Mid-American New Music Festival, and Darmstadt Summer Festival, and performed by musicians including the Jack Quartet, Nieuw Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, New York New Music Ensemble, Sequitur Ensemble, Musica Nova (Tel Aviv), Marilyn Nonken, Margaret Lancaster, Jennifer Choi, Tony Arnold, Magnus Andersson, Steven Schick, Rohan de Saram, and others.


Carrick is co-founder, co-artistic director and conductor/pianist of the New York-based contemporary music outfit Either/Or, which promotes work of the most vital contemporary composers and winner of the CMA/ASCAPAward for Adventuresome Programming.


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.


Born in Paris of French-Algerian and British descent, Carrick received his BA from Columbia University, PhD from the University of California-San Diego with Brian Ferneyhough, and pursued further studies at IRCAM and the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague.  Works distributed by Project Schott New York. www.richardcarrick.com

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