Richard Harwood

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Richard Harwood
Born (1979-08-08) 8 August 1979 (age 42)
Portsmouth, England
Years active1990–present
LabelsEMI Classics, Resonus

Richard Craig Harwood (born 8 August 1979) is a British cellist.


Richard Harwood was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire and began learning to play the piano aged four and the cello, aged five. He attended Ditcham Park School. He achieved his Associated Board Grade 8 in cello, aged 8 and in piano, aged 11.

Harwood studied with Joan Dickson from 1988 until her death in 1994, before continuing with Steven Doane and David Waterman (1994–1999), Heinrich Schiff (1999-2003 at the University of Music and Dramatic Art, Vienna) and Ralph Kirshbaum (2003-2005 at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester).

He also took masterclasses and lessons with Mstislav Rostropovich, János Starker,[1] Steven Isserlis, Boris Pergamenschikow, Miklós Perényi, Bernard Greenhouse,[2] Valentin Erben (Alban Berg Quartet), William Pleeth, Zara Nelsova, and Ferenc Rados.

Harwood made his concerto debut at the age of ten (playing the G minor Kabalevsky Concerto at the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham) and, since then, has gone on to perform concerti and recitals in major venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Alte Oper, Thomaskirche, and the Auditorium du Louvre.

As concerto soloist, Harwood has collaborated with conductors such as John Wilson,[3] Okko Kamu,[4] Marko Letonja, Douglas Bostock, En Shao, Shuntaro Sato, David Parry and Yehudi Menuhin, and with orchestras including The Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra,[3] Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra,[4] and the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra.

As chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Jerusalem and Endellion Quartets, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Olivier Charlier, Alena Baeva, Ilya Gringolts, Pekka Kuusisto, Vilde Frang, Chen Halevi, Julian Bliss, Martin Roscoe, Finghin Collins, Ashley Wass and Julius Drake, among others. In 2014, Harwood became the cellist of the Sitkovetsky Trio.[5]

Harwood is regularly heard on BBC radio, having made his BBC Radio 3 debut at the age of thirteen with a live recording of the Elgar Concerto. He has also given performances for Radio France, MDR, RTÉ,[6] and Radio New Zealand.[4]

Harwood's discography includes a critically acclaimed debut disc for EMI Classics,[7] recorded with pianist Christoph Berner, and Composing Without The Picture, a 2013 solo album of concert works written by film composers, on Resonus.[8][better source needed] Harwood appears in Phil Grabsky's 2009 documentary In Search of Beethoven which received its theatrical premiere at the Barbican Theatre, London, was broadcast on Sky Arts, and shown in cinemas worldwide.[9]

Contemporary music is important to Harwood. In 2002 he took part in the Park Lane Group Young Artists' Series on the South Bank and 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 given the European premiere of David Horne's Zip with the composer at the piano. For his solo album Composing Without the Picture, Harwood premiered works written for him by Christopher Gunning, Alex Heffes, Fernando Velázquez, and Benjamin Wallfisch.[10]

Harwood has won numerous awards including the 2004 Pierre Fournier Award for 'cellists.[11] In 1992, he became the youngest winner of the Audi Junior Musician Award. He won the Worshipful Company of Musicians Maisie Lewis Young Artists Award in 2001 and, in 2004, became the first British 'cellist ever to be awarded the title "Bachpreisträger" at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, Leipzig.[12] Among many other accolades, he received the special "mention" prize from the jury at the Concours de violoncelle Rostropovitch, Paris in 2005.[13]

In 1997, BBC Music Magazine selected him in their worldwide "Who's Who" edition and, in 2000, Harwood was entered into the "International Who's Who in Music" as an 'up and coming talent on the brink of worldwide recognition.'[14]

Harwood plays a cello by Francesco Rugeri, dated 1692.


  • Composing Without the Picture: Concert Works by Film Composers (Resonus, 2013)[15]
  • Richard Harwood: Beethoven, Chopin sonatas etc. (EMI Classics, 2007)[16]
  • Preisträgerkonzert - XIV. Internationaler Johann Sebastian Bach Wettbewerb 2004 (MDR / Bach-Archiv Leipzig, 2004)
  • Adiemus V - 'Vocalise' - Karl Jenkins (EMI, 2003)[17]


  1. ^ "MUSIC / Nights at the circus: Annette Morreau on the starry line-up for the Manchester International Cello Festival". The Independent. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  2. ^ Bernard Greenhouse at Wigmore Hall (DVD video, 2005). OCLC 62409395. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b "A concerto for heart-strings". The Irish Times. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Schedule for Thursday 6 March 2008". Radio New Zealand Concert. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Cellos are too big to be transported in the cabin, says airline". The Strad. Archived from the original on 16 October 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Arena Monday 7 April 2014 - Arena with Seán Rocks". RTÉ Radio 1. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Richard Harwood". The Times. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Composing Without the Picture: Concert Works by Film Composers". Resonus Classics. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  9. ^ "In Search of Beethoven". BFI. Archived from the original on 15 July 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Composing without the picture". Sinfini Music. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Awards". Pierre Fournier Award. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  12. ^ "Bach-Preisträger seit 1950". Bach-Archiv Leipzig. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Concours de violoncelle Rostropovitch - Tous les palmarès". Concours Rostropovitch. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  14. ^ Cummings, David M. (2000). International Who's Who in Music and Musicians' Directory. ISBN 9780948875533. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Composing Without the Picture". Gramophone. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Cello and Piano Recital - Richard Harwood". WETA. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  17. ^ "Adiemus / Karl Jenkins - Vocalise (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved 27 April 2014.

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