Composer, Conductor, Performer: British composer and conductor Richard Harvey is a BAFTA award winner, a respected orchestral conductor and a virtuoso performer on a wide range of Western and exotic instruments. His guitar concerto, Concerto Antico, written for the world’s foremost classical guitarist, John Williams, and recorded by him with the London Symphony Orchestra, has resonated with audiences all over the world and won Richard a place in Classic FM’s Composers Hall of Fame.
A review of the guitar concerto in Gramophone magazine immediately recognised its substance and quality and compared it directly to Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre: “There are currently 20-30 recordings of Rodrigo’s work in the catalogue, and, given that quite a few other guitarists have the requisite technique (if not Williams’s polished mastery), there is no good reason why the same should not be the case with Harvey’s Concerto Antico, a work of great charm and high quality.”
Richard has written several large-scale choral works, including his Te Deum, a complex Magnificat and the popular Kyrie for the Magdalene that formed a highlight of the music for the film of The Da Vinci Code. Richard has conducted symphony orchestras in twelve countries and performed as a soloist in twenty. He has recorded for and collaborated with many significant contemporary composers, in many different fields, including John Williams, Stanley Myers, Maurice Jarre, Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, Elvis Costello (with whom he shared his BAFTA) and Sir Paul McCartney.