Richard Pantcheff

Richard Pantcheff

Richard Pantcheff is a British composer and conductor, who writes specialist original, innovative, compositions mostly in the genres of choral, organ, and instrumental music, to wide critical acclaim. His musical idiom is contemporary classical/modernist. He has recently been described as “one of the UK’s foremost composers”. He also specialises in choral conducting, and has made a number of critical editions of works by Gustav Holst, and Henry Walford Davies.

He starting composing music at an early age, and was first taught composition whilst a chorister at Ripon Cathedral, England. During his time at senior school he corresponded regularly with Benjamin Britten, who gave him tutoring and guidance on the development of his compositional voice. Thereafter, at Christ Church, University of Oxford, England, he was tutored in composition by Simon Preston and Francis Grier.

His substantial output of compositions has been commissioned, performed, recorded, and broadcast all over the world. It is estimated that his works have been performed in at least thirteen of the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge universities in the UK, as well as in many other British cathedrals (e.g. St. Paul’s in London; Salisbury; Winchester, Christ Church Oxford), colleges, and churches. There have also been frequent performances in churches, cathedrals and concert-halls in the USA, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the Caribbean, South Africa, and all over Eastern Europe.

Richard Pantcheff’s music appears on at least eleven commercially-released CDs (with more in preparation), on labels such as Orchid Classics, SOMM, Herald, and EM Records. His works have been commissioned and performed by leading musicians, such as Jane Parker-Smith (organ), Stephen Layton (choir), Zanta Hofmeyr (violin), and many others.

Richard Pantcheff’s works have been performed at many of the world’s leading music festivals, including the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music (of which he is a patron), the English Music Festival, The National Arts Festival (South Africa), the Southern Cathedrals’ Festival (UK), the Texas Bach Festival (USA), and the Wakkerstroom Music Festival (South Africa).

His works have been broadcast regularly on radio and TV, including by the PBS (North America), Norwegian TV, CNC (Caribbean), Classic FM (UK and South Africa), BBC Radio 3 (UK), and German radio.

Richard Pantcheff lives in Oxford in the UK. He is Composer in Residence at St. George’s Anglican Church, Johannesburg, South Africa, into which a new Rieger organ was installed in 2012.

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