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Richard Kearns (born 1952) is an Irish classical composer.
Born in North Gloucester Place, Dublin, Ireland, Kearns served an apprenticeship as a Goldsmith and studied part time at "The National College of Art and Design". He studied classical guitar with Catherine Constantine and later with Cecile Gormley and composition, harmony, music theory and piano with the late Elizabeth Shure, daughter of Leonard Shure, herself a noted concert pianist. He was a member of several Choirs in and around Dublin and taught classical guitar and music theory in Lucan, Co. Dublin.
In 1990 Kearns went to Cadiz in Spain to further his studies. Whilst there he composed many works including two piano concertos, a guitar concerto, a French horn concerto as well as many studies for piano, string quartet and woodwind quintet. Apart from his own original compositions, Kearns is known for his variations on works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. He has also composed several pieces for jazz quintet. Kearns returned to Ireland in 2005 and now resides in Donegal.
- Music of Ireland - Irish Composers