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Richard Gowers, born 1994 in Cambridge, is a British pianist, organist and conductor. His extensive schedule features performances not only around the UK, but across Europe and further afield in the USA, Far East and Australia. He has frequently appeared live on BBC Radio 3, as well as Radio 4, Classic FM, LBC and BBC Television, and in 2018 his critically-acclaimed debut CD of Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur was awarded a Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’. As of 2023 he is the Director of Music at St George's Hanover Square, Handel's church in London.
As an concert organist he has given recitals extensively across Europe at festivals in France, Iceland, Germany and Sweden, and across the UK. He has made three tours of the USA, as well as a series of recitals in Australia, and has performed with choirs such as the BBC Singers, Choeur de l’Opéra National de Montpellier and Tenebrae. This season’s recitals include the Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche in Berlin, Glasgow and Leeds Cathedrals, Westminster Abbey and Brompton Oratory, and the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. In June and October 2024 he will give debut recitals at the Philharmonie, Berlin, including collaboration with the brass of the Berlin Philharmonic.
As an ensemble player, this year’s performances include BBC Proms appearances in the BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra, tours with the Aurora Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra, and concerts with the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Philharmonia. As a freelance pianist he regularly works for the BBC Singers, London Symphony Chorus and privately for leading conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Edward Gardner and Francois-Xavier Roth. In October 2023 he gave his directing debut with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Monreale Festival of Sacred Music in Sicily, and March 2024 sees a debut at the London Handel Festival, directing Bach's St John Passion.
As a pianist he specialises in song repertoire and chamber music. In 2017-19 he held a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Michael Dussek and Joseph Middleton and won prizes for song accompaniment and chamber music. In duo partnership with tenor Kieran Carrel, he was awarded the Schubert Institute UK Prize at the 2019 Leeds Lieder Festival, and was a finalist in the 2019 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the 2021 Helmut Deutsch Liedwettbewerb. He curates the series of Hanover Square Lunchtime Concerts in Mayfair.
Richard was a chorister in the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, where he sang the famous ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ solo at the 2007 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists aged 17, and subsequently spent a year at the Mendelssohn Conservatoire in Leipzig before returning to King’s as organ scholar, and graduating with a starred first in Music. He is currently studying for a Konzert Examen degree in Stuttgart with Nathan Laube. Richard is based in London, where he combines performing with teaching at Cambridge University, Tiffin and Westminster Schools and the Royal Academy of Music. He was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2024.