Biography

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A dynamically powerful pianist, Richard Meyrick’s charismatic performances at major concert halls and more intimate venues frequently bring audiences to their feet in rapturous acclaim for his “thrilling technical wizardry … superb rich sonorities and genuine sensitivity” (Daily Telegraph).

Meyrick is a consummate professional as both performer and teacher, effortlessly mixing scholarship, hard work and fun in all of his projects.

Awarded a foundation scholarship to the Royal College of Music at sixteen, Meyrick made his concert début at the Wigmore Hall, while still a student. This was followed by a live televised performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No 2 conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.

Exceptional musician

Acclaimed by the music press and fellow musicians he has won accolades throughout North America, Russia, Australia and Europe. Meyrick premiered the Khachaturian Piano Sonata in the USA, Europe and the Antipodes. He has also sourced and introduced to international audiences a representative selection from the wealth of piano music composed in the Eastern Europe during the last decade.

In the early 1990s Meyrick’s playing career was interrupted by serious illness. His one London appearance during this period was described in the London Evening Standard – “a quite outstanding performance by this exceptional musician.” He also recorded the Five Beethoven Concerti with the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra and the Complete Chopin Nocturnes. Both recordings are on international release.

Passion for teaching

With vigour and artistry fully restored, he founded and is director of the celebrated Piano Studio in Mayfair, London. This unique venture introduces or reintroduces busy executives from both the West End and the City to the joys and therapeutic benefits of playing the piano. His many pupils have been able to enjoy and be inspired by his concerts in local venues such as Wigmore Hall and St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Horowitz Connection

Since 2005 Richard has undertaken a dauntingly ambitious project. By repeatedly studying available recordings and globally researching rare, hitherto secret, archive material, he is gradually introducing the entire Horowitz transcriptions legacy into his concert repertoire.

Richard’s performances of the Horowitz/Liszt Rákóczy March and the Horowitz/Saint-Saëns Danse macabre earned him standing ovations at Wigmore Hall recitals. He performed these as well as Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto at the prestigious Chelsea Festival with the City of London Sinfonia orchestra. His performance as soloist in Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto was given in London in the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra.

Classical music for young audience

Richard is passionate about getting young people involved in classical music and, with generous sponsorship from Man Group plc, created the pianoMan programme.

Originally conceived as a series of 70 recitals and masterclasses for young people throughout the UK, the success and feedback from the project has resulted in its extension to over 190 events combined with two DVDs – the original pianoMan DVD covering Richard’s life and featuring the inaugural Pianoman launch concert recorded live at London’s Cadogan Hall, and the new teaching pianoMan DVD, showing Richard in action as masterclass presenter and pianist demonstrating his approach to six of the world’s best-loved piano pieces. This latest DVD is accompanied by the pianoMan Legacy Series CD recordings.

Through pianoMan, now because of a change of sponsor, “Pianoman”, Richard continues to bring to many thousands of teenagers the opportunity to experience, at first hand, the technical wizardry, the physical strength, the prodigious feats of memory and the melodic and harmonic genius involved in the composition, interpretation and live performance of some of the world’s great musical heritage. The programme seeks talented youngsters to receive tuition awards in London with Richard.

From 2009, the Pianoman Scholarships Scheme has been graciously sponsored by Sir Harvey and Lady Allison McGrath.

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