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 musicians in the country. He was awarded Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music in 2016 for 'a significant contribution to the music profession’. A Steinway Artist since 2013, 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 solo piano 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’, and he will record his second album ‘Nocturne’ in July 2017.
Richard is currently Head of Performance at Cranleigh School in Surrey, a post he has now held for sixteen years.
Richard has been awarded the ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) in the 2016 R.A.M. Honours List. Associateship is conferred on alumni of the Royal Academy 'who have made a significant contribution to the music profession'.