Richard Ireland - violin


London-born into a musical family, 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 playing alongside many great international artists.


Richard is professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is sought after both as a violin teacher and chamber music coach, regularly giving masterclasses at the UK music colleges, specialist schools, and on residential courses.  He is a visiting professor for the Chamber Music in Residence series at Snape Maltings, is on the faculty of the International Summer Academy of Chamber Music in Germany and also of the Académie Internationale de Musique in France.  He has been Artist in Residence at Musica Mundi in Belgium, and is a guest professor at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy.  

Richard studied with Sheila Nelson and Yossi Zivoni, and then with Eli Goren and Shmuel Ashkenasi, both eminent quartet leaders.  He became Teaching Assistant to Shmuel Ashkenasi and stayed on in the USA for three years.  Back in the UK Richard was professor of violin at the Royal Northern College of Music for thirteen years and professor of chamber music at the Royal College of Music.

In 2010 Richard founded and is now Artistic Director of ChamberStudio at Kings Place in London, which provides high-level masterclasses and support to professional chamber groups in the early stages of their careers.  In 2017 he created Offstage at Snape Maltings, which runs residential courses for performing artists from different disciplines running side by side.

In recognition of his teaching and his work creating ChamberStudio, Richard was awarded the 2014 Cobbett Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Previous recipients include Emanuel Hurwitz, Hugh Maguire, Pablo Casals, Yehudi Menuhin, Dame Myra Hess and even Sir Edward Elgar in 1928.  In March 2017 he was awarded Honorary Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon ARAM) for special contribution to the institution.

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