Clarinetist Richard Faria pursues an active career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. After joining the faculty of Ithaca College in 1996, he co-founded the new music group Ensemble X (A superb ensemble - The New Yorker) along with Pulitzer prize-winning composer Steven Stucky and colleagues from IC and Cornell University. They made recordings of chamber music by Steven Stucky (In Shadow, In Light) and by Scottish composer Judith Weir (The Consolations of Scholarship), which Gramophone magazine praised as “powerful, streetwise, colourful.” The inaugural season featured Richard as soloist in John Adams clarinet concerto Gnarly Buttons. Other notable performances have been of Thomas Adès Catch, Op. 4 and Life Story, Op. 8, Stephen Hartke The Horse With the Lavender Eye, Magnus Lindberg Steamboat Bill, Jr. and American premieres of Anders Hillborg Tampere Raw and Matthias Ronnefeld Sextett, Op. 2.
Richard has been a participant in numerous festivals such as the Bard Music Festival of the Hamptons, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, the Cornell International Chamber Music Festival Mayfest, Skaneateles Festival, Garth Newel Music Festival in Warm Springs, VA, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, and the Klasik Keyifler Music Festival in Cappadocia, Turkey. His chamber music experience includes collaborations with such diverse groups as the Zephyros and Sylvan Wind Quintets, Atlantic, Tetraktys, and Arianna String Quartets, Composers Concordance, Guild Trio, Mother Mallard, and the Young Composer’s Collective in Seattle. He has performed in Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, The Kitchen, Miller Theater, Spivey Hall, the Smithsonian Institution, as well as at the American Academies in Rome and Berlin, Netherlands' De Lakenhal, and the Temple of Apollo in Turkey. He jointly founded the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble, a student/faculty new music ensemble at Ithaca College. With them he made his conducting debut at Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia.
A fervent advocate of new music, Richard has premiered works written for him by composers such as Roberto Sierra, Steven Burke, Perry Goldstein, Joshua Kohl, James Matheson, David Borden, Yotam Haber, Diego Vega, Sean Shepherd, Josh Oxford, and John Fitz Rodgers. He gave the west coast premiere of the Sierra Clarinet Sonata dedicated to he and pianist Xak Bjerken, at the International ClarinetFest 2007 in Vancouver, BC, as well as a premiere of the winning work of the International Clarinet Associations’ Composition Competition at their annual conference, ClarinetFest 2010 in Austin, Texas. The work was by composer Kevin Gray and is called Pyrrhic Suite. The panel of judges chose Gray's work from among 33 entries, from 13 countries. You can hear more on his recordings Roberto Sierra: Clarinet Works, and the premiere recording of Stephen Hartke's The Horse with the Lavender Eye.
He studied at Ithaca College, Michigan State University, and SUNY Stony Brook, as well as the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra and the Stockhausen Courses, Kürten. His teachers have included Anthony Coelho, Michael Galván, Joaquin Valdepeñas, John McCaw, Georgina Dobrée, Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and Charles Neidich.