Richard Carr is a violinist, composer and music educator who lives in Rosendale, New York. He holds a Doctorate in music education from Columbia University.
He has recorded numerous albums under his own name and with such diverse artists as Bill Laswell, Fred Frith, Bootsy Collins, Sly & Robbie, The Swans, Milt Hinton, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli Jr., Alan Dawson, Howard Alden, and Karl Berger. He has performed with James Williams, Kenny Davern, Doc Cheatam, Jay McShann, Major Holley, Jamal Nasser, Mike Nord, Georg Hofmann, Steve Gorn, Adam Rudolph, and John McDermott.
He has regularly toured the US, Europe, Japan, and Mexico over the past twenty years. He is a former radio host on WDST in Woodstock, NY. In the 1980’s he lived in Boston and played sectional violin with the Boston Philharmonic. Over the past fifteen years, led by cellist and artistic director Clarice Jensen, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) has risen to the highest ranks of American new music through a mix of meticulous musicianship,
artistic vision, engaging collaborations, and unwavering standards in every regard. The membership of the amorphous collective includes some of the brightest young stars in the field. NPR calls them “contemporary music dynamos”, and Strings reports, “ACME’s absorbing playing pulsed with warm energy … Shared glances and inhales triggered transitions in a flow so seamless it seemed learned in a Jedi temple”. ACME was honored by ASCAP during its 10th anniversary season in 2015 for the “virtuosity, passion, and commitment with which it performs and champions American composers”.