Concerto & Solo Work

'Richard Jenkinson has a histrionically mane tossing manner and an

absolutely compelling tone...'(The Scotsman)





Richard Jenkinson was born in 1971 and started to learn the cello at the age of five. He studied with Florence Hooton, Raphael Wallfisch and William Pleeth. After awards from Muriel Taylor, Countess of Munster and Martin Trusts he continued his studies with various professors including Yfrah Neaman, Peter Wallfisch and Aldo Parrisot in the U.S.A.

Richard gave his first concerto performance at the age of thirteen and before taking up a scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama he had performed both Haydn Concertos, Dvorak, Elgar and Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with local orchestras. During is four year of study Richard played as soloists with many of the Guildhall's orchestras including the British premiere of Gilbert Amy's Shin'anim Sha'ananim at the Barbican and Elgar Concerto at Blackheath Concert Halls. In 1994 Richard was the recipient of Guildhall's prestigious Gold medal for his performance of the Dvorak Concerto at the Barbican. This led to performances of this concerto in South America with Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra. In 1995 Richard joined the Irish chamber Orchestra as principal 'cello and during his three years with orchestra performed concertos by Boccherini, Vivaldi, Lutslawski and both Haydn Concertos with the orchestra on several tours of Ireland. It was during this time he played Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra under Sir Edward Heath live on BBC Radio. In 1998 Richard joined the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as Principal 'cello and performed Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante with the CBSO in Symphony Hall. In 2001 Richard (with fifteen other CBSO colleagues) formed the conductorless Innovation Chamber Ensemble and has played concertos by Boccherini, Haydn, Paul da Vinci, Robert Farnon, Colin Twigg and Lutoslawski's Grave with the group. The first concert was recorded by Blue Rhythm Records and was Classic FM CD of the week. This recording entitled 'ICE on Fire' has been broadcast on Classic FM, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and many regional stations. Recent concertos include Dvorak, Elgar, Shostakovich no.1 and a new concerto by David Stoll in London as well as many other performances around the country.

A keen interest in Richard's musical output has been in the plethora of works written for the solo cello. He has taken a keen interest in performing the solo suites by J.S. Bach and has performed the complete cycle of suites on many occasions. Some of the most memorable of these include in Nairn, Scotland (where he first took on this marathon in one evening), St James, Piccadilly in London (where Bach's suites were combined with the five Beethoven Sonatas) and at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham (where he performed a different suite in a different gallery over the course of the day - a documentary of the day's performances was made for BBC4). Richard has also championed works by contemporary composers including Charles Camilleri (he the played Arabesques, Fantasia Concertante in Malta and gave the British premiere of the solo sonata at St John's Smith Square all at the request of the composer) Paul da Vinci, Richard Roderick-Jones and Sir Malcolm Arnold's Fantasy op. 130 to whom he played the piece on several occasions. Richard has made recordings of solo works by Kodaly Solo Sonata, Camilleri Fantasia Concertante and J.S. Bach Suite no.1. He also played the last movement of Kodaly's Solo Sonata live on BBC Breakfast television at the request of Sir Georg Solti's widow shortly after the great maestro's death. Richard will play a concert in March this year at Sheffield City Hall where he will play works written for Rostropovich and the seventieth birthday of Paul Sacher by Britten, Ginastera and Lutoslawski alongside works by Kodaly and J.S. Bach.     

 'i.c.e... on fire' C.D.

soloist - Richard Jenkinson

(Classic F.M. - Henry Kelly's CD of the week)

(performed live at the C.B.S.O. Centre with the Innovation Chamber Ensemble)

Boccherini cello concerto in G, 2nd mov. - Richard Jenkinson & I.C.E. (live)

 'Richard Jenkinson was the soloist in Haydn's 'cello concerto in D major and he met this music's musically and faces technical challenges head on...his playing was always impressive, but was at its best in the last movement where his shaping and timing of the Rondo theme and episodes had a natural affinity with the character of the music.'  (Irish Times)'

He thinks musically and is not concerned with personal display.  This combination of qualities made for an affecting reading of Schubert's haunting Arpeggione sonata...Here was a sheer joy to savour the 'cellist's finely drawn cantabile and the pianist's warm tone and clear articulation. (Musical Opinion)

Recent projects...

30 April 2010


St Mary's, Shrewsbury

St. Mary's Church was the venue for a musical world premiere when cellist Richard Jenkinson presented a programme entitled "Homage to Paul Sacher". This was devised by the great cellist Rostropovich as a 70th birthday gift for Paul Sacher, a distinguished musician and patron of the arts. The result was twelve pieces for unaccompanied cello; the composers did not all complete their works in time so the collection was never heard in its entirety until this Shrewsbury recital. The Shropshire Music Trust deserves congratulations for the bold decision to provide a forum for such a challenging programme.

The starting point for each piece was a six note motif, the letters S, A, C, H, E, R - the dedicatee's name. Benjamin Britten contributed a brief Tema, one of his very last works, which has all the hallmarks of the great composer's work. It is a beautiful piece, paying tribute to the Baroque era.

The other pieces were by a group of composers who formed a select circle of Sacher's friends. They are not equally well-known; some are household names such as Lutoslawski, Holliger, and Ginastera, whereas others were new to some of us.

It is not possible to mention each piece, but they formed a fascinating group. Ginastera's "Punena No.2" is a brilliant, vivacious piece worthy of repeated hearing, a nice contrast to Berio's contribution. These, as with all the other items, were played by Mr. Jenkinson with a glorious full tone and were each introduced by him in a helpful way.

Many of the compositions were challenging on a first hearing so I hope that Richard Jenkinson will record the whole programme.

Andrew Petch