Richard Carrick conducting 125 World Premieres with Either/Or

The Cage 100 Party Pieces, Miller Theatre, NYC, 2013

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Conductor Bio
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.  He has championed major works by Luigi Nono, Gerard Grisey, Giacinto Scelsi, Gyorgy Ligeti, Steve Reich, Morton Feldman, Louis Andriessen, as well as numerous world premieres by emerging composers.  In 2013 he conducted the world premiere of 125 new works in one evening at Miller Theatre.

As composer, Carrick has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Fromm Foundation commission, Swedish Arts Council Grant, 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.


Carrick - The Veins of Marble, WP 2013

Carrick - Prisoner’s Cinema, WP 2013

Carrick - Adagios for String Orchestra, WP 2013

Cage 100 Party Pieces - WP by 120 US and German composers,

     including Hans Zender, Nicolas Huber, David T. Little, Alvin Lucier, and more, 2013

Cendo, Räphael - Graphein (NY premiere), 2017

Czernowin, Chaya - Winter Songs ii (US premiere) 2011

Czernowin, Chaya - dam scheon hachol 2010, 2011

Dumitrescu, Iancu - Black Holes Collision, Unstable Molecule, Hyperspectres WP, 2016, 2017

Furrer, Beat - linea dell orizzonte, 2017

Greenwood, Jonny - smear (US premiere) 2011

Grisey, Gerard - Periodes 2012

Jin Hi Kim - Tilings WP 2013

Lewis, George - Hexis (East Coast premiere) 2013

Rehnqvist, Karin - Raven Chant WP 2012

Rehnqvist, Karin - Invocation - Convocation (US Premiere) 2012

Saunders, Rebecca - dichroic seventeen 2013

Saunders, Rebecca - murmurs (US premiere) 2013

Scelsi, Giacinto - Pranaam II 2011, 2012

Thorvaldsdottir, Anna - Hrim 2013

Thorvaldsdottir, Anna - Into Second Self (US Premiere) 2013

Thorvaldsdottir, Anna - Ró/Serenity (US Premiere) 2013


Braxton, Anthony - Composition no.222

Coleman, Anthony - atrophine, WP

Dumitrescu, Iancu - Pierre Sacrees

Feldman, Morton - For Philip Guston, Crippled Symmetry, Why Patterns?

Feldman, Morton - For John Cage

Lewis, George - Thistledown, WP

Ligeti, Gyorgy - Three Pieces for Two Pianos

Nono, Luigi - ...sofferte une serene...

Sharp, Elliott - Venus & Jupiter, WP

Sharp, Elliott - Oligosono

“hallucinatory..first rate”
- The New York Times

“a demon at the piano”
- Bruce Hodges

“Carrick conducted Dumitrescu’s works as though the entire ensemble were a single huge theremin extended over the whole stage: he moved his arms and body with dancerly invocation and sacerdotal command”

Jean Ballard Terepka of Theatre Scene

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