Richard Barrett

Richard Barrett was born in Swansea in 1959. He is internationally recognised as one of the most original and innovative voices in contemporary composition. Since the first performances of his music during the early 1980s, his work has gone on to be performed in most European countries as well as in Australia, Canada and the USA and featured in international festivals including Huddersfield, Gaudeamus Darmstadt and Musica (Strasbourg). Recent commissions have come from the BBC, Musica Festival, Strasbourg, the Rex Foundation, Elision (Australia) and VPRO Radio (Netherlands). A CD release of his chamber music recorded by Elision has attracted international critical acclaim.

1995 saw the premiere of Barrett's first large-scale orchestral work Vanity by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Arturo Tamayo, to be released on CD by MNC in late 1996. His works have also featured in the Leuven Contemporary Music Festival, Radio France's "Presences 95" and Aspeckte Salzburg. In late 1995 he was a guest lecturer at the University of California, San Diego, guest director of the Sonology Ensemble at the Conservatory of Den Haag, and travelled to Australia as recording producer for Elision. In early 1996 he took up a new position as Professor of Electronics Composition at the Conservatory of Gronigen.

In 1995 he completed CHARON for bass clarinet, commissioned by Andrew Sparling, ruin for six spatially-separated instrumental trios, commissioned by the Schömer-Haus in Vienna for a premiere at the 1996 Wien Modern festival by Klangforum Wien, and inward for flute and percussion, commissioned by Elision. He is currently at work on Tract II for the pianist lan Pace, and Opening of the Mouth, an evening-long composition incorporating texts by Paul Celan, for voices, ensemble, electronics and installation (by the artist Crow), commissioned for the 1997 Festival of Perth.


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