Richard Tunnicliffe - cello
Richard Tunnicliffe has enjoyed a long and varied career at the forefront of Britain's thriving period-instrument movement, combining this with a lively involvement in 'modern' performance.
He is principal cello with The Avison Ensemble and is regularly invited to be principal/continuo cello or viola da gamba soloist with major orchestras. These have included The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio S.O., City of Birmingham S.O., English National Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players, and under conductors such as Haitink, Rattle, Iván Fischer, Mackerras and Elder.
He is a member of the renowned viol consort Fretwork, known worldwide for their innovative programmes. Their recording of Purcell's Fantasias (Harmonia Mundi USA) received a Gramophone award in 2009. They regularly tour in the USA and Europe, and their most recent recording, a new arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations (also for H.M.U.) was released to critical acclaim.
Richard is regularly heard as soloist and chamber musician, and his performances of Bach's Six Cello Suites (Linn) have been admired in many countries, in venues such as London's Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, Berlin's Schauspielhaus, and the Warsaw Philharmonie. He currently teaches Baroque and Classical cello at the Royal College of Music, London, and at CEMPR, Birmingham University.
'Thoroughly engaging, demonstrating mastery of the instrument and of the chosen repertoire.'more >>All Music Guide
'...the virtues of the Avison group are once again on full display here; the players achieve a sparkling liveliness...it's beautifully done...'more >>Early Music Review
'This is very much the thinking man or women's Bach.'more >>Fidelity
' it is so beautiful, so beautiful and an almost meditative performance'more >>The Independent
Online Mention: 'The best music of 2012: Classical'MusicWeb International
'Now here's a splendid performance from Richard Tunnicliffe that is certainly worthy of very close scrutiny indeed'.more >>ResMusica
'...ravira les « intellectuels » souhaitant pouvoir observer clairement les arcanes d’une architecture dont la beauté repose dans une perfection sans fioriture inutile.'more >>Audiophile Audition
'To this listener, the whole experience is also an adventurous one, exacerbated by the rhythmical jest and uplifting moments by Tunnicliffe's skilled crafts and virtuosity.'more >>International Record Review
‘[Tunnicliffe] illuminates these masterpieces with [a] kind of lightly worn elegance and refreshing sobriety…highly recommended.’more >>The Strad
'These are weighty interpretations with a broad harmonic sweep.'more >>The Independent on Sunday
'Tunnicliffe's sound is generous and finely grained, the faster dances sharply pointed, the sarabandes dark pools of metreless beauty.'more >>Gramophone
'For those who like their Bach honest and unrefined, this is probably the most appealing recording of these pieces...'more >>Pizzicato
Astonishing review from Pizzicatomore >>BBC Music Magazine
‘These recordings have authority, character and a truly distinctive sound fabulously recorded by Linn.’more >>Allmusic
'...Tunnicliffe should be appreciated for his artistry and given a thorough hearing'.more >>Birmingham Post
'A lovely double-CD set...'more >>The Sunday Times
'His degree of interpretative intervention gauged beautifully...'more >>SA-CD.net
‘Tunnicliffe’s performances are simply magnificent.’more >>MusicWeb International
'...this new recording is a fine addition to the list of distinguished recordings of these Cello Suites.'more >>Music and Words
‘…an evocation of the natural, unadorned, almost sombre beauty he elicits in his Bach.’more >>