Born in Glasgow, Richard studied flute at the RSAMD with Richard Blake and Sheena Gordon, continuing his studies with the assistance of a Dewar Award, with Mario Caroli at the CNR Strasbourg, where he attained his spécialisation diplome (contemporary music performance) with unanimité et félicitations du jury.
Formative experiences include working with composers Brian Ferneyhough, James Dillon, Helmut Lachenmann and musicians Mario Caroli, Roberto Fabbriciani, Rohan de Saram and Pierre-Yves Artaud. He has been invited to perform with groups such as musikFabrik, Klangforum Wien and ELISION, embarking on several tours with these groups to festivals such as Venice Biennale, Festival d’Automne, UltraSchall, Maerzmusik, the St. Magnus Festival, Wittener Musiktage.
Active primarily as a soloist and chamber musician, he was appointed a fellow in performance at the University of Aberdeen from 2009-11, and has lectured on contemporary flute and performance throughout Europe, maintaining links with Brunel University, London, Aberdeen University and the Orpheus Instituut, Belgium. Alongside realising established repertoire, Richard is active in generating new work with composers with a view to enriching the expressive range of the instrument. He is a member of SMASH ensemble and Distractfold.
He has recorded and broadcasted for the BBC, WDR Cologne, YLE Finland, Radio France, Radio Nacional de España, Swedish Radio, ARTE, and Icelandic RUV and WERGO. In April 2011 his solo disc, INWARD, was released on the Metier label, featuring works by Ferneyhough, Sciarrino alongside premieres recordings of Barrett, Bång, Karski, Johnson and Croft. It has since been received to critical acclaim and the only classical nomination for the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2011, the disc was also nominated in the music category by We Are The Making. Richard also lectures on the post-graduate performance program at Huddersfield University.
Richard Craig Adventurer, Convicted Criminal, Pardoned Convict, Escaped Convict, Drover and Stockman (1812-1855)