About

Born in Michigan, but living and working in Belgium for the past 28 years, Bruce Richards blends various schools of playing. Having studied with Neill Sanders, Johnny Pherigo and most importantly of all Francis Orval,  Mr. Richards brings a diverse range of musical traditions to bear in his playing and teaching.  It is this link with one of Belgium's most famous musicians that took him to Belgium where he now makes his home.  From 1991-2018 he was Co-Principal Horn with the Liège Royal Philharmonic, from 2019 he plays 2nd/3rd horn. In 2011 he became Professor of Horn at the Liège Royal Conservatory. Mr. Richards also teaches sight-reading and tranposition to brass players at the Liège Conservatory.

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Mr. Richards also performs as Principal Horn with the Ictus Ensemble in Brussels specializing in contemporary music.  As a member of the Liège Horn Quartet he performed as a Guest Artist in Banff, Canada and Kalamazoo, Michigan at their respective International Horn Society (IHS) Symposiums in 1998 & 2001.  Bruce peformed as a contributing artist at the IHS 45 Symposium in Memphis 2013.  A performance on Wagner Tuba celebrating the composer's 200th birthday.  Bruce performs regularly with Belgian chamber ensembles such as; Het Collectief and I Solisti.

Bruce is an active arranger and transcriber for brass quintet, brass ensemble and horn quartet.  He has given Master Classes in chamber music, horn quartet playing and horn playing in general.  In association with his post as Professor of Horn in Liège Bruce has taken on the challenge of a new summer music course in Spa, Belgium:  “Stage International de Musique en Province de Liège”.  This brings together highly developed young horn players eager to broaden their skills and horizons. He is also very interested in stage fright, stress, and audition preparation.  He has created a series of workshops and master classes about these subjects entitled “Breath and Believe”.  These have been presented at the Liège Royal Conservatory as well as IHS51 in Ghent, Belgium.


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