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Richard Saxel has established a reputation as one of the most versatile concert pianists of his generation, and has partnerships with some of the most exciting chamber musicians in the country. He has won several major awards with a variety of colleagues, and has given recitals at most of the leading venues in this country. Richard was one of the six pianists in Piano Circus, with whom he performed and broadcast contemporary music at major festivals around the world. He studied the piano with the late Clifford Benson whilst at the University of York, and then with Michael Dussek as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music. His first solo CD of Janacek, Schumann and MacDowell was described by Bryce Morrison in Gramophone as ‘...a haunting claim for intimacy...to anyone who warms to introspection presented with an enviable taste and clarity, this recital is outstanding’. Richard is currently Head of Performance at Cranleigh School in Surrey.