Richard Baker is a leading figure on the British contemporary music scene as one of the foremost composer-conductors of his generation. He studied composition in the Netherlands with Louis Andriessen and in London with John Woolrich, and first drew significant attention with two early works – a trio, Los Rabanos (1998), performed and broadcast widely by the Composers Ensemble, and the remarkable Learning to Fly (1999), a basset clarinet concerto premiered by the London Sinfonietta and Timothy Lines.
As a conductor, Richard works regularly with the leading composers of our day. In May 2011 he conducted Gerald Barry’s opera The Intelligence Park in Dublin, to high acclaim and in 2011/12 his engagements include a production of Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse for ETO, and for Karlsruhe a double bill of Handel and Gerald Barry’s Triumph of Beauty and Deceit. Richard has built important relationships with many of the UK’s leading ensembles, including the London Sinfonietta, BCMG, Britten Sinfonia, Composers Ensemble and Apartment House. He has conducted musikFabrik at the Huddersfield Festival, and was music director for Franco Evangelisti’s Die Schachtel at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin. He is a regular collaborator for the BBC’s Total Immersion days, conducting recent portraits of Stockhausen, George Crumb, Jonathan Harvey and Oliver Knussen.
Richard Baker is a leading figure in British Contemporary music and was a part of Faster Than Sound Game in 2012 performing with Brian Duffy and the Modified Toy Orchestra alongside a small chamber ensemble in a set of brand new commissions. Read more about Richard Baker and his career here.