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As a founder-member and Principal Clarinet of The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Richard Hosford has toured the world, performing as soloist in the USA, Japan, Hong Kong. Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom with conductors Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Oscar Shumsky, Roger Norrington, Gerard Korsten and Paavo Berglund. He has recorded the Mozart and Copland Concertos with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Alexander Schneider for ASV records. In 1997 he performed the Nielsen Concerto with Paavo Berglund in Ferrara and Cologne.
Richard Hosford was for several years Principal Clarinet of the London Phiharmonic before taking the post of Principal Clarinet with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in l994. This enables him to pursue his chamber music and solo career alongside his orchestral commitments.
Richard Hostord is a committed chamber musician and has recorded all the major repertoire for wind ensemble with the Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and has toured with them throughout the world. He is a leading member of The Gaudier Ensemble and has recorded many works for strings and wind with them. He is also a frequent guest of The Nash Ensemble.