Richard Harwood


Since his acclaimed concerto debut at the age of ten, the award-winning English cellist Richard Harwood has performed concertos and recitals in major venues throughout Europe, New Zealand and the Russian Federation.

A very active chamber musician, he has collaborated with numerous musicians of the highest international standing including the Jerusalem and Endellion Quartets, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Olivier Charlier, Benjamin Schmid, Ilya Gringolts, Pekka Kuusisto, Vilde Frang, Chen Halevi, Julian Bliss, Martin Roscoe, Finghin Collins, Ashley Wass, Gottlieb Wallisch and Julius Drake, among others.

Richard has a passion for contemporary music and has premiered solo works written for him by Dominic Muldowney and Martin Butler. He has also worked with Philip Grange, giving the London premiere of his Nocturnal Image, and gave the European premiere of David Horne’s Zip with the composer at the piano.

Richard is regularly heard on the BBC, having made his Radio 3 debut at the age of 13 with a live recording of the Elgar concerto, and has also given performances for Radio France, the German station MDR and Radio New Zealand.

His discography includes a critically acclaimed debut disc for EMI Classics, recorded with pianist Christoph Berner. In addition, Richard can be seen and heard in Phil Grabsky’s 2009 documentary In Search of Beethoven which received its theatrical premiere at the Barbican Theatre, London. It was broadcast on Sky Arts and shown in cinemas worldwide.

Richard plays a cello by Francesco Rugeri, dated 1692.