Richard Carrick, a Guggenheim fellow, 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, Carrick's 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. 

His CD release, Cycles of Evolution, incorporates pieces commissioned and performed by Musicians of the New York Philharmonic, Either/Or, Sweden’s Ensemble Son, Hotel Elefant and String Orchestra of Brooklyn. Carrick conducts or performs on all works on this CD, which includes his 'apocalyptic' multimedia work for performers and video, Prisoner's Cinema. Carrick's first recording also on New World Records, the “rich, beguiling” (The New York Times) extended chamber composition Flow Cycle for Strings, translates psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's 'flow' principle into sonic terms. Carrick's improvisation-based disc Stone Guitars garnered critical attention in both the new music and guitar worlds, causing American Record Guide to note 'it may change your perception of electric guitar'.

While on Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015-16 Carrick moved to Rwanda and and penned a new official arrangement of the Rwandan National Anthem, premiered Waterfall for piano and orchestra, and initiated a young composer program in Kigali. 

Recent activities include 2017 Pacific Rim Festival premiere sandstone(s) for Korean and Western instruments, 2017 Enescu Festival premiere as conductor and composer with Dumitrescu’s Hyperion Ensemble, la touche sonore sous l’eau and Les ciels de Kigali performed internationally by Marilyn Nonken, 2015 Gugak International Workshop Fellow, and a Fromm Foundation commission String Quartet #2 - Space:Time premiered by the Mivos Quartet.  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 and co-artistic director of the contemporary music ensemble Either/Or, declared 'first rate' and ‘a trustworthy purveyor of fresh sounds’ by The New York Times, and winner of the 2015 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. As conductor and pianist, Carrick has worked with many celebrated composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Jonny Greenwood, Chaya Czernowin, Elliott Sharp, George Lewis, Alvin Lucier, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Iancu Dumitrescu and Rebecca Saunders. Carrick conducting E/O's ambitious presentation of John Cage's Party Pieces brought together 125 renowned composers from around the world.

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.

A US/French citizen 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.  Select scores distributed by Project Schott New York.

_Bio by Brad Balliett

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