Richard is a composer, conductor, pianist, and co-founder/director of the New York New Music Ensemble Either/Or.
As a conductor and pianist, Richard has specialized in innovative contemporary music, with performances on the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, at the Ijsbrekr-Amsterdam, Merkin Concert Hall, The Kitchen, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, and as soloist in Tokyo, Stockholm, Banff, Amsterdam, and throughout the US. The New York Times describes his performances as “hallucinatory” and “first-rate,” and his own compositions as “charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness.”
He recently premieres new works in the US and abroad. Recently he conducted premieres by George Lewis, Jonny Greenwood, Chaya Czernowin, Karin Rehnqvist, Rebecca Saunders, Elliott Sharp, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and others, and as pianist and guitarist has premiered works by HoratiuRadulescu, Georg Friedrich Haas, Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer, HanzZender, Nicolaus Huber, Hans Thomalla, and others. He has championed major works by Luigi Nono, Gerard Grisey, GiacintoScelsi, GyorgyLigeti, Steve Reich, Morton Feldman, Louis Andriessen, as well as numerous world premieres by emerging composers.
Recently, Carrick has received invitations to conduct world premieres of his own music with other ensembles including Namdaemun for the New York Philharmonic Biennial Festival 2014, Prisoner’s Cinema for Hotel Elefant, and Adagios for Strings for the String Orchestra of Brooklyn.
As composer, he recently completed commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the New York Philharmonic and the Swedish Arts Council. His works are performed internationally at the Konzerthaus Vienna, Tokyo’s International House, Lincoln Center and throughout the US.
His solo CD as electric guitarist and composer, Stone Guitars, was released in 2014 by New Focus Recordings. He has recorded a solo CD of piano improvisations (Containment: Layered Piano Improvisations), and as conductor for Albany Records. His compositions have been recorded by others for New World Records, Wergo and Cleerfeed labels.
Carrick also enjoys mentoring students, including both graduate composers from Columbia and NYU and younger composers from the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program where he has been on faculty since 2004.
Carrick studied conducting with Harvey Sollberger and piano with Aleck Karis at UC-San Diego, and guitar with his father. He has performed on marimba with KyanduMuziki, a Mwambe dance music troupe in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and learned acoustic guitar to give the New York premiere of Helmut Lachenmann’s Salut für Caudwell.