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Richard Carrick, born in Paris of French-Algerian and British descent, is a New York based composer, conductor and pianist.  His music, described as “charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness” by Allan Kozinn of The New York Times, captures the immediate experience of an engaging moment with richly layered formal structures, creating mesmerizing labyrinths of sounds that continually evolve, intensify, or disintegrate over time.  

Carrick has been performed internationally by ISCM World Music Days-Switzerland, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, the New York Philharmonic (Ensemble Series), Mid-American New Music Festival, Darmstadt Summer Festival, Tokyo’s International House, Nieuw Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, soloists Tony Arnold, Magnus Andersson, Steven Schick, Rohan de Saram, and others.   

Recent highlights include Carrick conducting the premiere of his newest work Namdaemun with the New York Philharmonic at NY PHIL BIENNIAL 2014, a Fromm Foundation Commission for the MiVOS String Quartet,  his solo electric guitar CD Stone Guitars release, Dark Flow-Double Quartet for Either/Or and the Ensemble Son on tour in the US and Sweden, the hour-long Flow Cycle for Strings, Harmonixity for saxophone quartet and Adagios for String Orchestra.

Carrick also composes large-scale multi-media works combining video, electronics and live musicians such as the “apocalyptic” Prisoner’s Cinema for large ensemble and video. His most well know multi-media work is Cosmicomics, based on stories by Italo Calvino, described as "operatically ambitious" by The Village Voice.

Carrick recently taught graduate composition at Columbia University, undergraduate classes at New York University and is currently Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic.  He has given master-classes and guest lectured about his music at universities in Tokyo, Seoul, London, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Paris, Darmstadt, and New York City where he was Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the New School in 2010 and CUNY Grad Center in 2014.

Carrick is co-founder/co-artistic director of the New York based experimental music ensemble Either/Or. As a critically acclaimed pianist and conductor, he regularly premieres diverse works by and works closely with leading composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Jonny Greenwood, Chaya Czernowin, George Lewis, Rebecca Saunders and others. 

He received his BA from Columbia University, a Masters and Doctorate from the University of California-San Diego with Brian Ferneyhough, and pursued further studies at IRCAM and the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague.  Scores are available through Project Schott New York.