Richard Jenkinson, cello

Richard Jenkinson started to play the cello at the age of five and after winning a scholarship from Derbyshire County Council studied with Florence Hooton, William Pleeth and Raphael Wallfisch. He was awarded a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he won all the cello and chamber music prizes, and in 1994 - after a performance of the Dvořák Concerto in the Barbican - he was awarded the coveted Gold Medal. During his time at the Guildhall Richard also studied conducting with Alan Hazeldine. After awards from the Maisie Lewis, Countess of Munster and the Martin Trust he studied abroad in the U.S. with Aldo Parisot and Josef Feigelson. In the Autumn of 1994, Richard was awarded a top prize in the Vittorio Gui Chamber Music Competition in Florence, Italy and this funded his first recording of the Complete Sonatas and Variations by Martinů. Richard has played concerti with the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra (Dvořák in Caracas), BBC Concert Orchestra (Beethoven Triple live on radio with Sir Edward Heath), CBSO (Haydn Sinfonia Concertante), Irish Chamber Orchestra (Lutoslawski, Boccherini & both Haydn concerti), South Bank Sinfonia (Boccherini B flat and Vivaldi) as well as with various other orchestras around the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In 1995 Richard was appointed Principal Cello with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and during his three years with the orchestra performed (as soloist) the concertos of Boccherini and Lutoslawski as well as both Haydn Cello Concerti. In 1998 he was appointed Principal Cello by Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and since this time has also been guest Principal with the BBC Scottish, Hallé, Northern Sinfonia, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Swan and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras. He is also a frequent member of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Richard is a keen chamber musician and plays regularly with the Innovation Chamber Ensemble (which he founded in 2001 with CBSO colleagues). I.C.E performances have included: Wigmore Hall, live radio broadcasts on Radio 3, CD of the week on Classic FM and appearances at many major festivals.

Richard is a founder member of the Frith Piano Quartet and performs around twenty concerts per season with the quartet, including performances for BBC Radio 3. The Frith Piano Quartet’s new recording of Quartets by Walton, Lekeu and Frank Bridge, is due to be released in 2011. For the last seven years he has organised the CBSO’s Centre Stage series of chamber music concerts and is a Vice President of the Fishguard International Music Festival.
Concerts for the 2011 season include performances of the Shostakovich Concerto and the Dvořák Concerto at Queen Elizabeth Hall; various recitals around the country including performances in Cardiff, King’s Place London, and at other music clubs in the UK, and a complete Bach & Britten Solo Cello Suite cycle in Shropshire.

Richard plays on a cello by GB Grancino of Milan circa 1697.


Performances with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra