Alan Richardson, cello
A founding member of the Aeolus Quartet, Alan Richardson is a student in the Masters of Music program at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies with Joshua Gindele of the Miró Quartet. Mr. Richardson is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree and studied with Melissa Kraut and Richard Aaron.
At the age of 16, Mr. Richardson performed as principal cellist of the Virginia All State Orchestra. He also served as principal cellist of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra for three years, and performed with the National High School Honors Orchestra in 2005. As a winner of the 2005 Richmond Symphony Concerto Competition, Mr. Richardson performed as soloist with the Richmond Symphony. Mr. Richardson is an alumnus of the Arcato School of Chamber Music in Richmond, VA, where he studied with James Wilson, formerly of the Shanghai Quartet. Additionally, he coached with members of the Shanghai Quartet and pianist Joanne Kong at the University of Richmond.
As a member of the Aeolus Quartet, Mr. Richardson has premiered works by Evan Premo, Alexandra Bryant, and Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin. He has also performed new works by San Francisco based composer Gabriela Lena Frank for the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia.
Festivals in which Mr. Richardson has participated include the Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland International Chamber Music Course, Aspen Music Festival and School, ENCORE School for Strings, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Meadowmount Music Festival, and Eastern Music Festival. Mr. Richardson has also performed in master classes for cellists David Hardy, Sharon Robinson, Alisa Weilerstein, Clancy Newman, Zuill Bailey, and many others. His past teachers include Neal Cary, James Wilson, Hannah Holman, and Joseph Wargo.