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Richard Waters

Chamber musician, soloist and orchestral player

Equally at home as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral player – Richard has performed all over the world. A recent graduate from the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Paul Silverthorne, he gained his Masters with distinction and the honorary DipRAM. He was fortunate to be supported in his studies by the Ian Alexander award, the Leverhulme Foundation, The Munster Trust and the MBF. Previously he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Mark Knight where he was awarded a concert recital diploma in addition to his degree.

A keen exponent of contemporary music Richard has worked with many leading composers such as John Adams and George Benjamin, whose virtuoso work Viola, Viola he has performed on numerous occasions including at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room. Over the past year he has recorded on both the Naxos and NMC labels. Recent performances have taken place at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and West Cork Chamber Music Festival with future concerts coming up at various UK venues.

The Bernadel Quartet

As a founding member of the Bernadel Quartet he enjoys a varied musical life of recitals, outreach work and coaching young chamber groups through organisations such as Pro Corda. The quartet are fortunate to be mentored by the Belcea Quartet with whom they will team up for Mendelssohn’s Octet in March 2014.

Visit Bernadel Quartet website : www.bernadelquartet.com

In the orchestral world Richard has worked as a Principal player with the London Sinfonietta including critically acclaimed performances of Georg Friedrich Haas’ ‘In Vain’, Opera North and the St. Endellion Festival Orchestra. He is currently on trial as Associate Principal of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal (No. 2) Opera North and the Hallé Orchestra. In 2012/13 he was selected for a  place on the London Symphony Orchestra’s prestigious String Scheme and was awarded with the LSO String Scheme Prize for most promising participant.