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Richard Markson

Senior Fellow Professorial staff, Cello and chamber music


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444


Area of Work

Cello and chamber music
Richard Markson


Richard Markson’s musical destiny was foreshadowed at the age of twelve when Paul Tortelier invited him to Paris to become his pupil. He later worked with Pierre Fournier, whose lifelong support became instrumental in the development of his solo career.

A much acclaimed London début, following which The Times proclaimed him “A quite outstanding cellist”, led to engagements throughout the world. In addition to appearances in his native Britain, the USA and Europe, he has completed twenty-six world tours extending from the Far East to Latin America.

A new dimension to Richard’s career was initiated in the mid-eighties when he began to develop as a conductor under the guidance of his mentor, the distinguished American conductor, Ezra Rachlin. Since taking up the baton, conducting has claimed a significant proportion of his performing activities associating with orchestras as far afield as Australasia and South America and often featuring joint appearances as soloist and conductor. Chamber music plays an integral part in Richard Markson’s artistic life. For many years he partnered Michael Roll and Mayumi Fujikawa in a piano trio. He has also enjoyed musical partnerships with Peter Frankl, Nobuko Imai, Jean-Rodolphe Kars, Gerald Robbins, Cristina Ortiz, John O’Connor and Jorge Federico Osorio. The Markson/Osorio Duo began more than twenty years ago and has performed throughout Europe, Latin America and Japan.

Listen to Richard speak on The Strad Podcast Episode #56: Richard Markson on teaching tone and sound.

Teaching Experience

His interest in teaching has led to associations with musical educational establishments worldwide from the Universities of Southern California, Irvine, Indiana, Texas, Michigan, Boston and CUNY in the US to the principal  music departments and conservatories in Australia, Mexico and Brazil. As an enthusiastic supporter of online musical access he has edited the concerti of Dvorak, Haydn, Elgar, Lalo, St. Saëns & Boccherini for Virtual Sheet Music. In addition to his  Senior Fellowship at Trinity Laban he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

Creative Outputs


  • Complete Bach Suites [Meridian Records]
  • Complete Beethoven Sonatas with Jorge Federico Osorio [ASV]
  • Complete Brahms Sonatas with Jorge Federico Osorio [Regis]
  • Dvorak Cello Concerto
  • Haydn cello concerto in C [Urtext Classics]
  • Haydn cello concerto in D [Urtext Classics]
  • (Cellist and conductor with the Philharmonic Players)