Internationally acclaimed artist CLAUDE RICHARD makes his living as a soloist, chamber player and teacher. International critics have lavished praise on Mr. Richard's playing: "...His tone was unfailingly strong and his stylistic ideas about the piece were entirely appropriate. His ability to spin out a long legato line in the slow movement was impressive" (Robert Finn-Cleveland Plain Dealer). "Each note was precisely drilled and set out...It also was enormously exciting, and I can't think of another time I've heard this piece played with this kind of edge-of-the-seat emotion" (Greg Stepanich-Florida news).
From the outset, Mr.Richard was destined for an international career. He has appeared as a guest soloist with Canadian and American orchestras. He collaborated with conductors such as Piere Derveaux, Uri Mayer, Jacques Lacombe, Louis Lane, Karl Topilow, Dwight Oltman, Franz-Paul Decker, Raymond Dessaints and has toured Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria,U.S.A. and France. A renowed chamber player, he was invited to perform with pianist Emmanuel Ax "in a large-scale interpretation that spoke with deliberateness and grandeur" (Wilma Salisbury-Cleveland Plain Dealer).
In 2011, Mr. Richard was invited by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal to perform a recital for the inauguration of the new concert hall La Maison Symphonique.
Mr. Richard is also passionate about teaching. He first taught at Ithaca College in New-York and subsequently at the University of Manitoba, the University of Ottawa and the Conservatoire de Montréal. He is currently Full Professor of violin at University of Montreal and visiting professor at Ravenna Conservatory, Italy. He was also concert master with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. He has tought in international festivals with collegues such as Pierre Amoyal, James Galway, Atar Arad, Michel Strauss, Viktor Pikkaïsen, Michael Frischeschlager, Philippe Muller, Mariella Devia, Bruno Canino.
Richard has given master classes in the United States, France, Austria, Italy, Canada at such prestigious institutions as the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Vienna University and the CRR in Paris. He was artist-in-residence at the Chapelle Hstorique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal from 1996 to 2000, He has recorded for Société Radio-Canada, Radio-France, and National Public Radio in Chicago, New-York, Cleveland and Charleston.
Mr. richard's students have won prestigious prizes including the Concours International de Montréal, the Osaka International Competition, the Hambourg International Chamber Music Competition, the OSM competition, the Prix d'Europe and all national competitions in Québec and across Canada. Several of his students now play with well-known ensembles, including the OSM, l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Ottawa NAC, the Québec and Edmonton symphony orchestras, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Nice Philharmonic, l'Orchestre de l'Opéra de Tours, the Orchestre des Violons du Roy and I Musici de Montréal, among others.
After winning a Premier Prix in violin at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, where he studied with Arthur Garami and Raymond Dessaints, Mr. RICHARD went on to win the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) competition and the U.S. Jerome Gross prize, in addition to being honoured with the United States Academy Award in 1988. With grants from the Canada Council of the Arts, the Blossom Music Center in Ohio, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Fonds FCAR and the Académie de Lausanne, he studied with David Cerone and Donald Weilerstein-serving as Mr. Weilerstein's assistant-and obtained the Artist Diploma and the Professionnal Studies Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also studied with Pierre Amoyal at the Académie de Musique de Lausanne and took part in classes taught by Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Joseph Gingold.
Mr. Richard also performs and teaches in Italy at Villa Medici Giulini and Ravenna Conservatory, Rimini Conservatory, Paestum International Festival and Formandi International Music Festival.
Mr. Richard is a vibrant exemple of a violinist for whom passion and human qualities are essential. He plays a magnificent Gagliano violin built in Italy in the 18th century.
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