Richard Carrick conducting 125 World Premieres with Either/Or

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

Performer Bio

Richard is a composer, conductor, pianist, and co-founder of the critically acclaimed New York New Music Ensemble Either/Or

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

In recent concerts he has conducted the US and World Premiere of works by George Lewis, Jonny Greenwood, Chaya Czernowin, Karin Rehnqvist, Rebecca Saunders, and has performed US and World Premieres works on piano by George Lewis, Horatiu Radulescu, Georg Friedrich Haas, Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer, Hanz Zender, Nicolaus Huber, Elliott Sharp, 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.  He premieres chamber music regularly with Either/Or. 

He has also 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.  His solo CD of electric guitar compositions, Stone Guitars, will be released in 2014 by New World Records.  He has recorded a solo CD of piano improvisations (Containment: Layered Piano Improvisations, 2001), and as conductor for Albany Records.



George Lewis - Hexis (east coast premiere) 2013

Jonny Greenwood - smear (US premiere)

  Miller Theatre, 2011

Chaya Czernowin - Winter Songs ii (US premiere)

Chaya Czernowin - dam scheon hachol

   Miller Theater, Composer Portrait, 2011

Scelsi - Pranam II

   The Kitchen, NYC

Gerard Grisey - Periodes

Sean Griffin - Buffalo ’70, large work for singers and ensemble,

   MATA Festival 2008


Anna Thorvaldsdottir - scape

Horatiu Radulescu - Sonata for Cello and Piano

Hans Thomalla - Piano Counterpart (2008)

Luigi Nono - ...sofferte onde serene... (with tape, 1977)

Georg Friedrich Haas - Ein Schattenspiel (with live electronics, 2004)**

Richard Carrick - ∞+1* (2007)

Richard Carrick - Légéreté (2002)
Massimo Lauricella - Due Studi (1988)

Elliott Sharp - Oligosono (2004)
Howard Skempton – Piano Works
Alexander Stankovski – Cercare – Omaggio a Girolamo Frescobaldi** (2004)


Carrick - Stone Guitar CD, 2014

Helmut Lachenmann- Salut für Caudwell** for two speaking guitarists, 2007 and ongoing performances


Kyandu Muski dance/music troupe in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

(two month stay learning and performing African marimba) 2005


** - NY Premiere

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

“a demon at the piano”
- Bruce Hodges

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