Richard Jenkinson was born in 1971 and studied with Florence Hooton, Raphael Wallfisch and William Pleeth. In 1994 he was awarded the coveted Gold Medal by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and followed this up with a top prize in Vittorio Gui Chamber Music Competition in Florence, Italy. After gaining scholarships from the Countess of Munster, Martin and Muriel Taylor Trusts, he continued his studies in the UK and abroad with various professors including Yfrah Neaman, Peter Wallfisch and Aldo Parrisot in the USA.
In 1994, Richard was appointed principal 'cello with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Whilst in Ireland, he performed many concertos with the orchestra including Haydn (C & D major), Boccherini, Vivaldi and Lutoslawski. It was also during this time that he played his first solo Wigmore Hall (1995), his South Bank Debut (1993) in London and played recitals in Dublin, New York, Florence and Caracas. In 1994 he left the I.C.O. to join Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as principal cello. Richard has also been invited to guest lead the 'cello sections of the Philharmonia, Halle, Northern Sinfonia, BBC Scottish and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras. He also plays regularly with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG).
Since joining the CBSO, Richard has combined his commitments with the orchestra with solo and Chamber Music. These activities have included founding a string Chamber Ensemble who have played (since their formation in September 2002) at the Wigmore Hall, London, recorded their first CD (which was Classic FM's CD of the week) and also, has been featured and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The group was also featured on BBC4. Richard is also a member of the Frith Piano Quartet which plays around 25-30 concerts a season across the UK. He has also played concerto performances in the U.K., Ireland and South America with orchestras including the BBC Concert, CBSO, Irish Chamber, Innovation Chamber Ensemble and the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra. Solo 'cello concerts have included many recitals across the UK and in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Malta and China. Richard has made several solo recordings including Sonatas and Variations by Martinu, 'cello works by Czeslav Marek for Koch International, String Trios by Berkley, Dochanyi and Guildfoyle, a solo disc of works by Bach, Camilleri and Kodaly's Solo Sonata opus 8 and a disc with the Innovation Chamber Ensemble where he plays concertos by Boccherini, Da Vinci and Robert Farnon's Song of Scandia.
Recent radio and T.V. appearances have included live performances on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2, Classic FM, Saga FM, the 'Selina Scott Show', 'World Wide T.V.', BBC4 television playing Bach suites and with the Innovation Chamber Ensemble and at the invitation of Sir Georg Solti on B.B.C. television. For ten years Richard was a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.
Richard plays on a 'cello made by G.B.Grancino, (Milan 1697)
"...on a par with the ubiquitous Steven Isserlis"
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