Richard Haynes (musician)

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Richard Haynes (* 18 April 1983 in Brisbane, Australia) is an Australian clarinettist.

Haynes studied clarinet and bass clarinet at Griffith University, Brisbane with Floyd Williams, Brian Catchlove and Diana Tolmie, and at the Hochschule der Künste Bern with Ernesto Molinari and Donna Wagner-Molinari. Haynes specialises in the performance practice of contemporary music and improvisation. Since 2005 Haynes is a member of the Australian ELISION Ensemble, an international ensemble for contemporary music and since 2006 plays with the New Zealand based contemporary music ensemble, STROMA. In Europe, Haynes is a member of ensemble PRAESENZ and has been a guest musician with Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt am Main), Klangforum Wien (Vienna), musikFabrik (Cologne) and Cikada (Oslo). He has also performed with New Noise (UK), the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (Hong Kong) and 175 East (Auckland)


  • 2000 Queensland Young Instrumentalist of the Year
  • 2003 Australian Young Performer of the Year
  • 2004 APRA/AMC Australian Classical Music Award
  • 2005 Lord Mayor's Fellowship Brisbane
  • 2008 Tschumi Musikpreis
  • 2009 Concours Nicati First prize

First performances (selection)[edit]

  • Aaron Cassidy asphyxia (1999-2000) for soprano saxophone
  • David Chisholm The Beginning and the End of the Snow (2005-2007) for mezzo soprano, clarinet/bass clarinet, viola, violoncello, piano/harpsichord/celeste, harp
  • Robert Dahm I watched you as you disappeared (2005) for bass clarinet solo (composed for Richard Haynes)
  • Robert Dahm These are the Numbers (2007) for clarinet in E-flat, percussion and violoncello
  • Chris Dench sum over histories (2006) for bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet (composed for Richard Haynes and Carl Rosman)
  • James Dillon Theatrum: figurae (2007) for oboe, clarinet/contrabass clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone and percussion
  • Evan Johnson Apostrophe 1 (all communication is a form of complaint) (2008) for 2 bass clarinets (composed for Richard Haynes and Carl Rosman)
  • Alan Lawrence Jacques Pasquier rencontre Yvonne Audette ici (2004) for clarinet, violin, viola and violoncello
  • Liza Lim Sonorous Body (2008) for solo clarinet in B-flat (composed for Richard Haynes)
  • Timothy McCormack disfix (2008) for bass clarinet, piccolo trumpet and trombone (composed for ELISION Ensemble)
  • Thomas Meadowcroft Monaro Study (2008) for 2 clarinets and tape
  • Maurizio Pisati Habergeiss (2003) for bass clarinet and guitar
  • John Rodgers Ciacco solo from the ensemble work Inferno (1999-2000) for bass clarinet and electronics
  • Jeroen Speak Silk Dialogue VI (2008) for solo clarinet in E-flat and ensemble (commissioned by and dedicated to Richard Haynes)
  • David Young Breath Control (2008) for solo clarinet (composed for Richard Haynes)

First recordings[edit]

  • David Chisholm The Beginning and the End of the Snow - Independent
  • Chris Dench ik[s]land(s) - NMC Records
  • Ivana Loudova Aulos und Air - ABC Classics

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