Richard Campbell

viola da gamba


Richard Campbell is professor of viola da gamba at the Royal Academy of Music in London. A career in chamber music (mainly pre-1800) has included appearances throughout Europe, North and South America, Russia and the Baltic States, Israel, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand. As a gamba soloist he has been associated since 1981 with Sir John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists and their performances and recordings of J.S. Bach and Francois Couperin. In 1983 he initiated the Tregye concerts near Truro in Cornwall and he continues to be their Artistic Director. He appears frequently either as gamba-soloist or principal-cellist with a wide range of ensembles including Northern Sinfonia, the orchestra of The Sixteen, Ex Cathedra of Birmingham, The City of London Sinfonia, The St James's Baroque Players, Florilegium, and Paul McCreesh's Gabrieli Players. He was a founding member of Jakob Lindberg's Dowland Consort, Philip Pickett's Musicians of the Globe and, more recently, Charles Humphries's ensemble Kontrabande with whom he has just recorded a disc of concertos, sinfonias and cantatas by JS Bach. Since 1985 he has been a founder member of the ensemble Fretwork which has set fresh standards for the performance of early English string music and is now inspiring living composers to write new music for an ensemble of viols.

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