Richard Fletcher

Richard Fletcher


A repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to the Avantgarde
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«ich halte ihn für einen begabten Dirigenten, wünsche ihm alles Gute und empfehle ihn herzlich.»
zubin mehta (2016)
«he is a most talented conductor...»
sir georg solti (2016)
«One of the finest young American conductors of his generation. i recommend him highly.»
sergiu comissiona (2016)


Richard Fletcher has conducted orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. His performances have been praised by critics throughout the world, with The New York Times describing him as "one of the most thoughtful young conductors around today." La Nazione of Florence praised the “extraordinary quality of sound he drew from the orchestra,” and the Salzburger Volksblatt called him “a born conductor of great intensity.”

Conducting engagements in North America have included the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, Vancouver Symphony, Houston Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra (at the invitation of Sir Georg Solti, who described him as "a most talented conductor"), and the Music Today Ensemble of New York, among others.

Conducting engagements abroad include the Hamburg State Opera, Helsinki Philharmonic, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Royal Danish Theater Copenhagen, Jerusalem Symphony, Nuremburg State Opera, Darmstadt State Opera, Spanish Radio & Television Orchestra (RTVE) in Madrid, Orchestra of Castille and Leon in Valladolid, "George Enescu" Philharmonic Orchestra of Bucharest, Irish Radio Orchestra Dublin, Sao Paulo State Symphony, and the Silesian State Philharmonic, in Poland.

Richard Fletcher was assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic for three years where he worked with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Erich Leinsdorf, Charles Dutoit, Rafael Kubelik, Klaus Tennstedt, and others. He was also the first William Steinberg Fellow of the Pittsburgh Symphony where he assisted Andre Previn, and associate conductor of the Houston Symphony where he worked with Sergiu Comissiona. Richard Fletcher was on the conducting staff of the New York City Opera and was a regular guest conductor with the New York City Ballet.

Richard Fletcher was the Principal Conductor of the Bremerhaven State Opera (Germany) from 2009 to 2013 where he conducted Puccini´s “Turandot”, Mozart´s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Kurt Weill's “The Silverlake”, Verdi's “Nabucco”, and Donizetti's “Lucrezia Borgia”, Puccini's “Tosca”, Mozart's “Cosi fan Tutte”, and Verdi's “Un giorno di Regno”.

Richard Fletcher was born in Massachusetts and studied composition, music theory, conducting, piano, and double bass before receiving M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the Juilliard School in New York where he studied composition with Roger Sessions and David Diamond, and conducting with Sixten Ehrling. He also received a B.M. degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he worked with composer-conductor Gunther Schuller.

Richard Fletcher studied conducting in Europe with Kurt Masur, Franco Ferrara and Sergiu Celibidache. He also studied composition and music theory with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna. Richard Fletcher was a prizewinner in both the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra American Conductors Competition and the second Grzegorz Fitelberg International Conductors
Competition in Poland.

During his formative years Richard Fletcher performed extensively on the double bass, and for several seasons performed regularly as a bassist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston, at Tanglewood, and on tour. He has taught at the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory of Music, Harvard University, and the USC School of Music.

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