In 1996, Richard played his first recital with Benjamin Frith. This fortuitous meeting has led to a very close and successful duo and became the backbone of the Frith Piano Quartet which they later formed. Richard was chosen to be part of the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme and played many concerts with Ben the length and breadth of the country. These recitals have included cycles of Beethoven and Brahms Sonatas. Their repertoire now takes in everything from the great classics to contemporary works.
Richard Jenkinson –'cello Richard Jenkinson started to play the ‘cello at the age of five and after winning a Scholarship from Derbyshire County Council studied with Florence Hooton until her sudden death in 1988. He continued his studies with William Pleeth and was awarded a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he studied with Raphael Wallfisch and William Pleeth. Richard was awarded a top prize in the Vittorio Gui Chamber Music Competition in Florence, Italy and this led to him recording the Complete Sonatas and Variations by Martinu. Since 1998 he has been principal ‘cello with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and has also been guest principal with the Hallé, Philharmonia and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras. Richard plays on a ‘cello by G B Grancino of Milan circa 1692
Benjamin Frith- Piano "Prodigy of Prodigies" was how British artist Benjamin Frith was described by Dennis Matthews when, aged just 14, he won the British national Concerto Competition.
Having achieved rave reviews from his American and Edinburgh Festival debuts, Frith established himself as an international concert artist. He has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras including the Berlin Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Polish National Radio, and the BBC Philharmonic. In 2007 he was the soloist with the Hallé orchestra under Sir Mark Elder at the opening of the Royal Hall in Harrogate. He has worked with many leading conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Antoni Wit, Vasary, Skrowaczewski, Bamert, Atzmon and Barry Wordsworth.
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