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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, 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 Strings.

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.

250 word Composer Bio

Richard Carrick’s music, described as “charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness” by Allan Kozinn of The New York Times, has been commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation, New York Philharmonic, JACK Quartet, MiVOS Quartet, Swedish Arts Council, Nieuw Ensemble, Sequitur Ensemble, and more.  International festival performances include NYPHIL BIENNIAL 2014, Mid-Atlantic Arts Festival Bowling Green 2013, Connect Festival Sweden 2013, World Saxophone Conference Scotland 2012, SONiC Festival New York 2011, Darmstadt Summer Festival 2008 and 2006, MATA Festival 2008 and 1999, ISCM World Music Days Switzerland 2004, and Lange Nacht at Vienna's Konzerthaus 1999.

His upcoming CD, Cycles of Evolution (New World Records, March 2015), features new large ensemble works Namdaemun with Carrick conducting the New York Philharmonic Musicians, Dark Flow with Either/Or and Ensemble Son, The Veins of Marble, Prisoner’s Cinema, Adagios for String Orchestra, and Sub-merge.

As a performer (conductor, pianist), Carrick co-founded and co-directs the experimental music ensemble Either/Or with whom he regularly premieres works by leading composers.  Recently he has also performed as electric guitarist - releasing the solo CD Richard Carrick:Stone Guitars on New Focus Recordings (2014).

Born in France and raised in the US, Carrick is a graduate of Columbia University (BA), the University of California-San Diego (PhD) and pursued further studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag and IRCAM in Paris. He has given master classes internationally (Europe, Asia), taught composition at Columbia and New York Universities, and is currently on faculty of the New York Philharmonic Education Department. His recent scores are distributed by Project Schott New York.

150 word Composer Bio

Richard Carrick is a composer, conductor and pianist living in New York City.  His music described as “charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness” by The New York Times, is regularly presented by leading ensembles and festivals of new music in the US and abroad, including the New York Philharmonic Biennial Festival, ISCM World Music Days, Nieuw Ensemble, JACK Quartet and the Konzerthaus Wein.  He also writes multi-media works integrating video and live performers. He is currently working on a Fromm Foundation Commission.  

Carrick is co-artistic director and conductor of the critically acclaimed contemporary music ensemble Either/Or, with whom he has premiered over 150 new works by leading and emerging composers.  He taught composition at Columbia University, New York University, lectures on his music internationally, and currently teaches for the New York Philharmonic and privately.   Recent recordings include Richard Carrick:The Flow Cycle for Strings and Stone Guitars.  Scores are distributed by Project Schott New York.

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