Richard Ireland (Artistic Director)

London-born into a family of string quartet players (his father Patrick was in the Allegri Quartet, and his brother Robin in the Lindsays), Richard is one of the UK’s leading chamber musicians and has been a regular performer at London’s Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, Kings Place, and at all of the major chamber music venues across Europe. He has performed alongside many great international artists and was a member of the Chilingirian Quartet until 2010.

Richard studied with Eli Goren and with Shmuel Ashkenasi, both eminent quartet leaders (Allegri Quartet and Vermeer Quartet).

He became Teaching Assistant to Shmuel Ashkenasi and stayed in the USA for three years.

On return to the UK Richard was professor of violin and chamber music at the Royal Northern College of Music for thirteen years and professor of chamber music at the Royal College of Music.  He is currently professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music with extra responsibilities for chamber music.

Richard is a visiting professor for the Chamber Music in Residence series at Aldeburgh Music.  Outside the UK, Richard is on the faculty of the International Summer Academy of Chamber Music in Germany, has been Artist in Residence at Musica Mundi in Belgium, and is a guest professor at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy.

He is on the jury for national and international chamber music competitions, and also for Award bodies such as Help Musicians UK (formerly the Musicians Benevolent Fund).

Richard dedicates much of his time and energy to the training of young musicians.  He was invited to Caracas to work with players from the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra in chamber groups, and he leads workshops in the UK for the government’s Music and Dance scheme for teenagers.

In 2010 Richard created and is now Artistic Director of ChamberStudio.  In recognition of his teaching and the work he has done creating ChamberStudio, Richard was awarded the 2014 Cobbett Medal by the the Worshipful Company of Musicians.  Previous recipients include Emanuel Hurwitz, Hugh Maguire, Yehudi Menuhin, Gerald Moore, Dame Myra Hess, and even Sir Edward Elgar in 1928!

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