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Richard Faria

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Clarinetist Richard Faria pursues an active career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. He has been a participant in such festivals as the Bard Music Festival of the Hamptons, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, the Cornell International Chamber Music Festival Mayfest, Skaneateles Festival, Klasik Keyifler Music Festival in Cappadocia, Turkey, and has collaborated with such groups as the Zephyros and Sylvan Wind Quintets, Atlantic, Tetraktys, and Arianna String Quartets, Composers Concordance, Guild Trio, Ensemble X, Mother Mallard, and the Young Composer’s Collective in Seattle. He has performed in Weill, Zankel and Carnegie Hall, Spivey Hall, the Smithsonian Institution, as well as at the American Academies in Rome and Berlin, and Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A fervent advocate of new music, Richard gave the west coast premiere of the Roberto Sierra Clarinet Sonata dedicated to him at ClarinetFest 2007 in Vancouver, BC, as well as a premiere of the winning work of the International Clarinet Associations’ Composition Competition at ClarinetFest 2010 in Austin, TX. His article on Karlheinz Stockhausen’s In Freundschaft was published in The Clarinet magazine. He has been invited to present at conferences such as NYSSMA, NACWPI and the Midwest Clinic. His solo CD, Roberto Sierra: Clarinet Works, was described as “a superb recording that belongs on every clarinetist’s shelf” by the American Record Guide, and his recording of Stephen Hartke's The Horse with the Lavender Eye was released on the Chandos label.

Richard studied at Ithaca College, Michigan State University, and SUNY Stony Brook, as well as the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra and the Stockhausen Courses Kürten. His teachers have included Michael Galván, Joaquin Valdepeñas, Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and Charles Neidich. He is Professor of Clarinet at Ithaca College.