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, and co-founder/director of the New York New Music Ensemble

As a conductor and pianist, Richard has specialized in innovative contemporary music, with performances on the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, at the Ijsbrekr-Amsterdam, Merkin Concert Hall, The Kitchen, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, and as soloist in Tokyo, Stockholm, Banff, Amsterdam, and throughout the US.  The New York Times describes his performances as "hallucinatory" and "first-rate," and his own compositions as “charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness.”

He recently premieres new works in the US and abroad.  Recently he conducted premieres by George Lewis, Jonny Greenwood, Chaya Czernowin, Karin Rehnqvist, Rebecca Saunders, Elliott Sharp, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and others, and as pianist and guitarist has premiered works by Horatiu Radulescu, Georg Friedrich Haas, Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer, Hanz Zender, Nicolaus Huber, Hans Thomalla, and 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. 

Recently, Carrick has received invitations to conduct world premieres of his own music with other ensembles including Namdaemun for the New York Philharmonic Biennial Festival 2014, Prisoner’s Cinema for Hotel Elefant, and Adagios for Strings for the String Orchestra of Brooklyn.

As composer, he recently completed commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the New York Philharmonic and the Swedish Arts Council.  His works are performed internationally at the Konzerthaus Vienna, Tokyo's International House, Lincoln Center and throughout the US.  

His solo CD as electric guitarist and composer, Stone Guitars, was released in 2014 by New Focus Recordings. He has recorded a solo CD of piano improvisations (Containment: Layered Piano Improvisations), and as conductor for Albany Records.  His compositions have been recorded by others for New World Records, Wergo and Cleerfeed labels. 

Carrick also enjoys mentoring students, including both graduate composers from Columbia and NYU and younger composers from the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program where he has been on faculty since 2004.

Carrick studied conducting with Harvey Sollberger and piano with Aleck Karis at UC-San Diego, and guitar with his father.  He has performed on marimba with Kyandu Muziki, a Mwambe dance music troupe in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and learned acoustic guitar to give the New York premiere of Helmut Lachenmann’s Salut für Caudwell

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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

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