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 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 compositions as “charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness.”

He regularly premieres new works with Either/Or.  Recently, Carrick has received invitations to conduct world premieres of his own music with other ensembles including the New York Philharmonic for their Biennial Festival 2014, Hotel Elefant, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and others. 

In recent concerts he has 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. 

Carrick also regularly conducts student works and student ensembles, both graduate level composers from Columbia and NYU, and also mentoring younger composers with the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program. 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.  His solo CD of electric guitar compositions, Stone Guitars, was released in 2014 by New Focus Recordings.  He has recorded a solo CD of piano improvisations (Containment: Layered Piano Improvisations, 2001), and as conductor for Albany Records.



Richard Carrick - The Veins of Marble, 2013

Richard Carrick - Prisoner’s Cinema, 2013

Richard Carrick - Adagios for String Orchestra, 2013

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

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

Chaya Czernowin - Winter Songs ii (US premiere) 2011

Chaya Czernowin - dam scheon hachol 2010, 2011

David Brynjar Franzson - trio

Jonny Greenwood - smear (US premiere)

Gerard Grisey - Periodes 2012

Sean Griffin - Buffalo ’70, 2008

Jin Hi Kim - Tilings (World Premiere) 2013

George Lewis - Hexis (east coast premiere) 2013

Karin Rehnqvist - Raven Chant (World Premiere) 2012

Karin Rehnqvist - Invocation - Convocation (US Premiere) 2012

Rebecca Saunders - dichroic seventeen 2013

Rebecca Saunders - murmurs (US premiere) 2013

Scelsi - Pranam II 2011, 2012

Anna Thorvaldsdottir - Hrim 2013

Anna Thorvaldsdottir - Into Second Self (US Premiere) 2013

Anna Thorvaldsdottir - Ró/Serenity (US Premiere) 2013


Anna Thorvaldsdottir - scape, 2013

Horatiu Radulescu - Sonata for Cello and Piano, 2011, 2012

Hans Thomalla - Piano Counterpart, 2011, 2012

Luigi Nono - ...sofferte onde serene... (with tape) 2008, 2009

Georg Friedrich Haas - Ein Schattenspiel (with live electronics), 2008

Richard Carrick - ∞+1, 2007

Richard Carrick - Légéreté, 2002
Massimo Lauricella - Due Studi, 2007

Elliott Sharp - Oligosono, 2007, 2008, 2013
Howard Skempton – Piano Works, 2005-8
Alexander Stankovski – Cercare – Omaggio a Girolamo Frescobaldi, 2007


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

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

“a demon at the piano”
- Bruce Hodges

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