Biography

His album of Scarlatti sonatas recorded in the early seventies was chosen as favourite on Dame Janet Baker’s BBC Desert Island Discs and the artists, Sophie Ryder and David Gentleman both chose sonatas from his Nimbus Scarlatti recordings on BBC Radio Three ‘Private Passions’.

In an academic capacity he has contributed articles in leading early music publications including the Hungarian book on early music, Regi Zene and also participated in a Scarlatti symposium with Peter Katin, Andreas Staier, Nikolai Demidenko and Yevgeny Sudbin.

In the year 2000, he began a project to record all of Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas for Nimbus Records which received rave reviews on an unprecedented level from recording magazines and international websites.

The whole project was completed in 2006 with a personal profile in Gramophone. Since then his contract with Nimbus has included recordings of sonatas by Seixas and Soler, Haydn and Mozart on the Schantz fortepiano in the Bath Holbourne Museum and in 2010, a major project to record Frescobaldi’s keyboard music on the Giovanni Boni harpsichord (c1619); an instrument it is thought the composer played, and the historic Costanzo Antegnati organ of 1588 in Alemenno, San Salvatore, Italy.

As an organist, he has given recitals in many Cathedrals, including St. Paul’s, Ely, Coventry, Westminster Cathedral and King’s College Cambridge and in 2013 he gave recitals at St Mark’s in Venice and at Bergamo Cathedral.

Richard lives in Devon with his wife Jackie. His daughter, Elizabeth, read music at York University and graduated in 2011 with BA(Hons), and has recorded two CDs with her father on Renaissance recorders. His son Christian, a sports therapist lives in Cirencester. Richard has two older sons, Marc and Dominic who also live in the Cirencester area.

From the year 2000, my great friend Raymond Fenton, acted as recording engineer and advisor. He sadly passed away in 2014 after a short illness. Since then, Paul Arden Taylor has acted as recording engineer in collaboration with Nimbus Records.