New York-based trombonist Richard Harris has crafted an eclectic musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, educator and advocate. He has appeared as a soloist and given master-classes in North & South America, Europe and Asia. Spring 2020 sees the release of a new recording of the Eric Richards Trombone Quartet Concerto with Mr. Harris as soloist and the UTEP Wind Symphony.
Richard was the acting Assistant Principal Trombone of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for two seasons and is a regular guest with many of the US’s top symphony orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, The Metropolitan Opera, & Buffalo Philharmonic. He is also a member of the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra in New York City, and he performs with many other Broadway productions. Richard recorded with pop-star Sting on his first studio album in a decade and has performed and toured alongside a diverse range of musicians, such as Puff Daddy, Snoop Dogg, Esperanza Spalding, Natalie Cole, Seth McFarlane, Boyz II Men, Megan Hilty, Roseanne Cash, Bryce Dessner, Chris Botti and classical music stars Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli.
He is a member of ‘Decoda’ a New York City based chamber music collective which is the first ever Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. As a chamber musician he has been a guest artist at Chamber Music North West and has performed with The Canadian Brass, The Empire Brass, The Metropolitan Opera Brass Ensemble, The Lincoln Center Trombone Ensemble, the Boston based string ensemble, A Far Cry and last season he appeared with the Knights Chamber Orchestra in "The Head & The Load" directed by William Kentridge.
A native of Worcestershire, England, Richard was a scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He completed his Masters Degree at Indiana University before spending three seasons with the New World Symphony Orchestra led by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas. In 2010, Richard was awarded a fellowship in Ensemble ACJW, a program of Carnegie Hall & The Juilliard School and Richard has worked for Carnegie Hall as a teaching artist.
Every summer in the mountains of Santa Fe New Mexico Mr. Harris hosts "RichardTromboneCamp!" a multi day retreat for brass players to explore and deepen their understanding and knowledge of Brass performance. Richard presents multiple classes and is joined by other leading brass artists throughout the seminar.
Richard is strong believer that the arts can be a powerful agent for social change, and he currently serves on the board of "Musicambia" a New York based non-profit which teaches classical music in prisons and jails across the US. He is also the co-ordinator for Decoda's workshop activities at Administration for Children's Services, New York City's child welfare and preventative services department. He is the co-founder and former Executive Director of the Miami Music Project a non-project music education program in Miami Florida. Under Richard's leadership the Miami Music Project raised over $1.5 million in 1 year from it's inception and bought chamber music to thousands of Miami-Dade County public school students.
Richard lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife Margaret, their young son and English Bulldog 'Churchill.' You can catch up on Churchill's antics on Instagram by clicking here.