When you meet Richard, ask him… Who won the 2016 Rugby World Cup? Do Australians have weird accents? Why is Cece smiling all the time?
New Zealand cellist Richard Belcher has performed as a chamber musician and soloist across the USA and internationally. Based in New York City, he is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet, with regular tours and performances in many of the major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center of New York, and the Library of Congress. Richard is also Principal Cellist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO), and has appeared at many festivals, including St Bart’s, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Prussia Cove, Madeline Island, Campos do Jordao International Winter Festival, SummerFest La Jolla and the San Miguel de Allende International Chamber Music Festival. Active in both period music as well as contemporary repertoire, he has been involved with many live and pre-recorded radio and internet broadcasts in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Richard enjoys teaching and has served as Adjunct Faculty at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and currently is on the faculty at the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp.
Richard moved to the USA in 1998 to study with Aldo Parisot at Yale University, and it was there in 1999 that he founded the Enso String Quartet. Other major teachers include Norman Fischer, Marc Johnson and Alexander Ivashkin. Richard plays an N.F Vuillaume cello made in 1856, and is married to the violinist Cece Belcher.
B.Mus University of Canterbury, MM Yale University, MM Rice University, Perf. Cert. Northern Illinois University
Principal cellist, Richard Belcher, was featured soloist performing the Haydn Cello Concerto, at The Church of St. John the Divine on February 18, 2012.