Richard Sutcliffe

Richard Sutcliffe

A native of Chester County Pennsylvania, Richard Sutcliffe studied music education and modern violin (B.M.) performance at the Crane School of Music (State University of New York at Potsdam) before focusing on early music performance.  He studied viola da gamba and chamber music with Wieland Kuijken at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Brussels, Belgium where he received two masters diplomas.  In 2009 he completed a laureate diploma at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium where he studied the late history and repertoire of the viola da gamba family of instruments. 

Mr. Sutcliffe performs on various types of violas da gamba, including pardessus de violes, a type of viola da gamba that was used as a violin substitute in France during the second half of the 18th century.  He has published his research in various European and American journals.  He teaches viola da gamba at the music academies of the cities of Brussels and Mechelen, Belgium as well as having edited three volumes of graded solos for the viola da gamba. 

Since 2012 Mr. Sutcliffe has worked as a researcher and research facilitator at the library of the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Brussels, Belgium.  In this function he has studied the library’s collection of scores by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and in 2014 will begin a research project around the pedagogical materials in the library’s collection for violin and viola.  He is also involved in a recording project of anonymous works from the collections of the cathedrals in Mechelen and Brussels. 

 

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