Richard Birchall CELLO

Richard Birchall is one of the UK's most versatile young musicians, working as a performing cellist and as a composer and arranger.

Richard made his Purcell Room debut in 2010 in a recital which included London premieres of works by Edward Harper and Sally Beamish. He returned to the same series the following year to perform Pierre Boulez's Messagesquisse with Cellophony cello octet; his piece Mirrors, a Park Lane Group commission, was premiered in the same concert to widespread critical acclaim.

Richard’s arrangements and original compositions have been performed throughout the UK, including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and The Sage Gateshead, and a selection of works will soon be available in print through a new relationship with Cala Music Publishing. His Psycho Suite, a transcription for the Tippett Quartet’s disc of chamber music by Bernard Herrmann, is released on Signum Classics.

In November 2010 Richard gave the UK premiere of Samuel Zyman’s Suite for Two Cellos with the great Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto; other chamber work has included appearances at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and the Barbican, and a performance of Ravel's Piano Trio with Clare Hammond and Philippe Graffin. Richard is founder and director of cello octet Cellophony; the group made its Wigmore Hall debut in December 2011, and have performed at numerous festivals in the UK and Europe. They broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from the Bath Festival in 2012, and are shortly to release a CD on Edition Classics.

Richard has been a member of the Philharmonia since 2010, and has appeared as guest Principal Cello with the Northern Sinfonia and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He recently gave a set of masterclasses at Penn State University during a tour of America with the ICO. Richard has appeared as concertmaster of the London Cello Orchestra in the UK, Europe, and Asia.