Richard Carrick, born in Paris of French-Algerian and British descent, is a composer, pianist and conductor. His music, described as “charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness” by Allan Kozinn of The New York Times, has been performed internationally by the New York Philharmonic (Ensemble Series), Vienna’s Konzerthaus, ISCM World Music Days-Switzerland, Darmstadt Summer Festival, Tokyo International House, Merkin Hall, Nieuw Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, soloists Tony Arnold, Magnus Andersson, Carin Levine, Rohan de Saram, and others.
Current awards include a Fromm Foundation Commission from Harvard University for his second string quartet, a Swedish Arts Council Grant for a double quartet, and recent works include the hour-long Flow Cycle for Strings (released on New World Records in 2011), Harmonixity for Saxophone Quartet, Adagios for String Orchestra, and Find the Devil’s Lead for large ensemble. He also writes large-scale multi-media works including the “operatically ambitious” (The Village Voice) Cosmicomics, based on stories by Italo Calvino and combining video, electronics and live musicians.
Carrick returns to teach the graduate composition students at Columbia University in 2013, is Adjunct Professor at New York University and teaches composition 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.
Carrick is co-founder/co-artistic director of the critically acclaimed New York based experimental music ensemble Either/Or. As pianist and conductor he regularly premieres diverse works by leading composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Jonny Greenwood, Chaya Czernowin, Horatiu Radulescu, Karin Rehnqvist 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. Recent works are published by Project Schott New York.