Richard Jenkinson was born in 1971 and is starting to make a name for himself as one of the ‘most promising cellists of his generation’. He studied with Florence Hooton, Raphael Wallfisch and William Pleeth. In 1994 he was awarded the coveted Gold Medal by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and followed this up with a top prize in Vittorio Gui Competition in Italy. Concerto performances have taken him from Ireland to South America with orchestras including the BBC Concert, Irish Chamber and the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra. Recital performances have taken him from Italy to the USA. Performances in the UK include the South Bank, Barbican, Wigmore Hall as well as concerts from Wales to the Scottish highlands.
Richard has performed the complete Solo suites by J.S. Bach on no fewer than five occasions. This started in Scotland in 1998 and has been continued in Wales, Gloucestershire, Shropshire and in St James’ church, Piccadilly in London where he also recently gave a series of recitals encompassing the complete Beethoven sonatas.
Recent T.V. appearances include 'the Selina Scott Show', 'World Wide T.V.', and at the invitation of Sir Georg Solti's widow, on B.B.C. television. Richard has also had contemporary works written for him by Buxton Orr, Martin Ellerby, Richard Roderick Jones and Paul Da Vinci. Richard has made several recordings including the complete Sonatas and Variations by Bohuslav Martinu, 20th Century Chamber works by Dohnanyi and Lennox Berkeley and a CD of works by the Swiss composer Czeslaw Marek for the Koch International label.
Future concerto engagements include Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas McCegan in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the premiere of a concerto written for him by David Stoll at St James’ Church Piccadilly, London, Shostakovich’s Concerto no.1 in Sheffield and Dvorak’s concerto in Devon. Future recitals in London include St John Smith Square, the Chopin Society and St James’, Piccadilly and at other venues in Birmingham, Gloucestershire, Derbyshire, Somerset and Scotland.