Richard Studt began playing the violin at the age of four and joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain while in his teens. He studied with Manoug Parikian at the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Boise- Mendelssohn Scholarship, the Marjorie Heyward Prize and the Recital Medal. He joined the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in 1968, playing for some ten years and regularly appearing as soloist in concerts, on recordings, on radio and television.
In 1973, Richard was appointed to the Music Faculty of Southampton University both teaching and performing, chamber music and conducting.
In the late 1970`s, he was Concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra and appeared as a guest of Andre Previn in his television series `Previn and Friends`. He directed the London Virtuosi and the Concertante of London as well as his own ensemble, the Tate Music Group of London with whom he recorded five Vivaldi Concerti, including two newly discovered important works.
Richard first studied conducting with Maurice Handford, although Sir Simon Rattle (with whom he also studied) was the main source of encouragement for his first professional engagements some twenty-five years ago. Subsequently, he attended some of the courses of the legendary Romanian conductor, Sergiu Celibidache.
In 1987 Richard was appointed Director and Associate Conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, working closely with many well-known artists including Tamas Vasary, John Williams, Alfred Brendel, Tasmin Little, Michaela Petri, Julian Lloyd-Webber, Peter Donahoe, Leonidas Kavakos and he has taken the orchestra to Istanbul, Ankara and Romania.
Since the sudden Arts Council closure of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Richard has continued to conduct and/or direct, at home and abroad, a number of orchestras including the City of London Sinfonia, Danish Radio Sinfonietta, Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Roman, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Varmland Sinfonietta, Norrkoping Orchestra, Athens Chamber Orchestra, Sudwestfalische Philharmonie, RTE Orchestra, Dublin, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Hagen Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, and the Georgian Chamber Orchestra. He has also accepted several invitations to conduct at the Royal Academy of Music and enjoys coaching young musicians. Future plans include return visits to many of the above orchestras.
He has recorded extensively for Naxos and for EMI. Discs include English and Twentieth Century string music, Scandinavian string music, Arvo Part and CPE Bach. There are currently eight C.D.s available including a new recording of popular Mozart concerti, including the Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola, on the Guild label.
As well as conducting the Sinfonietta in repertoire ranging from Handel's Messiah to Lutoslavski's Preludes and Fugues, Richard has broadcast for the BBC and continues to play the classical violin repertoire of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Haydn, Bach and Vivaldi on his 1727 Stradivarius violin known as the 'Dolphus'.
There is also a lighter side to Richard's violin playing - as well as recording many film scores, he was featured as soloist with John Williams in Richard Harvey's televised performance of `The Plague and the Moonflower` and recorded the signature tune for the Granada Television series 'Jeeves and Wooster'.
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