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Richard Belcher

New Zealander Richard Belcher is the founding cellist of the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet. Based in New York City, the quartet tours regularly, both nationally and internationally. This season sees them perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, New York’s Lincoln Center, as well as many other venues from coast to coast. The quartet is also touring Colombia, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand, and will be featured at many summer festivals here in the United States.

Richard is also the Principal Cellist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO), and has taught and performed at many festivals including St Bart’s, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Prussia Cove, Madeline Island, Campos do Jordao International Winter Festival, SummerFest La Jolla, and the San Miguel de Allende International Chamber Music Festival.

Active in period, standard and contemporary repertoire, Richard has taken part in many live and pre-recorded radio and internet broadcasts in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has been a frequent guest on satellite radio SiriusXM. Richard enjoys teaching, and has served as Adjunct Faculty at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Currently he enjoys teaching and coaching each summer at the Adult Chamber Music Camp at the Interlochen Arts Academy, as well as many guest classes while on tour with the Enso Quartet.

Richard moved to the United States in 1998 to study with Aldo Parisot at Yale University, and it was there that he co-founded the Enso String Quartet. Richard’s other principal teachers include Norman Fischer, Marc Johnson, and Alexander Ivashkin. He plays an N.F.Vuillaume cello made in 1856, and is married to Cecilia Belcher, a violinist in the Minnesota Orchestra.