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Richard Casey (piano) was born in Manchester in 1966 and started playing the piano at the age of seven. After graduating in Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, he studied piano at the Royal Northern College of Music with Marjorie Clementi and Martin Roscoe. In 1997 Richard won first prize in the British Contemporary Piano Competition, an achievement which attracted a series of solo engagements in the UK and abroad. Based in Manchester, Richard complements his solo career with a strong commitment to chamber music. Since 1994 he has been pianist with the New Music Players and has performed frequently as a guest with the London Sinfonietta, the Composers’ Ensemble, Lontano and Liverpool-based Ensemble 10:10. Richard is also a founder-member of the Manchester-based contemporary music ensemble Psappha. Since 1991 he has performed over 200 works with the group throughout the UK and in tours of Spain, Holland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Australia and the USA. Recent projects have included working with the Richard Alston Dance Company in Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, collaboration with radical improvisation group Bark! and an invitation from Pierre Boulez to join the Ensemble Intercontemporain in a performance of his Sur Incises in Carnegie Hall, New York.
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