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Acknowledged as 'one of Europe's finest young organists' (Rheinische Post), Richard Brasier enjoys a busy and far-reaching international career as a soloist, teacher, chamber musician, accompanist, animateur, editor and recording artist. Born in 1988 in Chelmsford, Essex (UK), Richard is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied with David Titterington and Nicolas Kynaston. Aided by the Nicholas Danby Scholarship, he continued with Johannes Geffert at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln. Other important musical influences have included David Sanger (performance) and Anne Marsden Thomas (teaching).


As a concert organist, Richard has performed widely across the UK and Europe in recital series and major international festivals on historic and modern instruments. Current performance projects include a 20 concert survey of the organ works of J.S Bach (2019-2021), and he has also recently recorded the complete works of Robert Schumann for Pedal-Flügel for his Youtube platform. Richard has a very wide repertoire covering all periods from the Middle Ages to Contemporary, with particularly firm interests in the music of J.S and C.P.E Bach, and representatives of the German Romantic period.


In 2013, Richard formed a duo partnership with Tom Bell, which has resulted in regular performances of much of the standard duo repertoire, and two original, large-scale transcriptions of works by Gustav Holst (Scherzo from the Unfinished Symphony), and J.S Bach orchestrated by Edward Elgar (Fantasia and Fugue in C minor BWV 537). As a concerto soloist, he has performed all of the major concerti, including the first performance outside the UK of Charles Villiers Stanford’s Concert Piece Op.181 with the orchestra of the Beethoven Halle, Bonn. His work has been broadcast on radio, television and other platforms across the UK, Europe and the USA.

 

Since 2014, Richard has been active as a teacher for the Royal College of Organists. Richard leads masterclasses and study trips for students at home and abroad, and regularly teaches on residential courses for organists of all ages and abilities. Past students have earned scholarships to major universities, have been appointed to prominent church positions around the UK, and enjoyed competition success. Richard has also been invited to sit on competition jurys, which have included the 2019 Russian Bach Competition for Young Organists in Moscow.

 

Richard has had articles and videos on matters relating to the organ published on various platforms, and has edited several editions of organ repertoire. Publications for 2020 will include the first critical urtext edition of the organ music and works for Flötenuhr by Ludwig van Beethoven (Verlag Dohr, Köln), an in-depth essay on Beethoven's working life as an organist (Organists' Review), and new arrangements for organ of John Field's piano Nocturnes (Butz Musikverlag, Bonn).


Between 2016 and 2018, Richard held the post of President of the Essex Organists' Association, and served as Director of Music at the Parish Church of St Laurence, Upminster, between 2013 and 2020. Richard is also a trustee of the Alexandra Palace Organ Appeal, for whom he runs the annual series of organ concerts on the world-renowned instrument by Father Willis. 


Updated on 24/06/2020