Richard Berry


Richard enjoys a wide-ranging musical career, which began at the Royal Academy of Music in 1991 where he studied with both Michael Thompson and Richard Watkins. In the summer of 1993 Richard also spent some time in the US studying with Eric Ruske and Empire Brass at the Tanglewood Institute. Whilst still studying at the Academy he joined the Bournemouth Sinfonietta under Tamas Vasary. This chamber orchestra was uniquely positioned in the country to bring music to a large corner of the UK, which, because of its geographical position, can be overlooked. Richard appeared as soloist many times with this orchestra in all the Mozart concerti and works by Britten, Vivaldi, Larsson and Telemann. In 1996 Richard was invited to be Principal horn of the English Chamber Orchestra and has since enjoyed a busy schedule touring the world with such well known soloists as Pinchas Zuckerman, Christian Zacharius, Radu Lupu and Mitsuko Uchida to name but a few.

In 1996 Richard featured as a guest international soloist at the 28th International Horn Symposium based that year in Eugene, Oregon. Richard has also performed as a soloist around the UK, often as BBC Radio broadcasts, at venues including the Barbican Centre, QEH and Cadogan Hall in London as well as many other more rural settings during his time with the Sinfonietta. He features as soloist on a recording of Mozart’s Horn Concerto K495 with the English Chamber Orchestra, which is available on Avie Records and iTunes.

Richard continues his association with the English Chamber Orchestra and also enjoys a varied career working with other major orchestras in the UK and with established chamber groups including London Winds and London Brass. Richard has performed on many film and television soundtracks over the last 20 years ranging from the Harry Potter and James Bond franchises to the smaller scale TV work. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Photo courtesy of Chris Christodoulou.