Richard Casey was born in Manchester in 1966 and started playing the piano at the age of seven. After graduating in Music and Modern Languages at St John’s College, Cambridge, he studied piano at the Royal Northern College of Music with Marjorie Clementi and Martin Roscoe, and later with Ronan O’Hora. In 1997 Richard won first prize in the British Contemporary Piano Competition, an achievement which attracted a series of solo engagements in the UK and abroad.
Based in Manchester, Richard complements his solo career with a strong commitment to chamber music. He frequently gives 2-piano concerts with his duo partner, Ian Buckle, specialising in repertoire from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Since 1994 he has been pianist with the New Music Players and has performed frequently as a guest with the London Sinfonietta, Lontano and Liverpool-based Ensemble 10:10. Richard is also a founder-member of the Manchester-based contemporary music ensemble Psappha.
Since 1991 he has performed over 400 works with the group throughout the UK and in tours of Spain, Holland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Australia and the USA. Richard has recorded the complete piano works of Camden Reeves, Anthony Gilbert and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, as well as Edward Cowie’s epic Rutherford’s Lights and Ed Hughes’ Orchids for solo piano. Richard is currently Pianist in Residence with Salford University, and teaches piano at Manchester University.