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Richard Gratwick

richard_gratwickRichard started playing the violin at the age of seven at school in darkest Teesside, taught by Martin Bainbridge, ex-leader of the London Festival Ballet Orchestra. He studied with Martin for the next fifteen years, and was admitted a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in 2001.

In 2003 Richard went up to Magdalen College, Oxford, to read maths and philosophy, there leading both the Oxford University Philharmonia and Oxford University Orchestra. In 2011 he gained a PhD in mathematics from the University of Warwick, where he studied the violin with Roger Coull, leader of the Coull Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the University.

Richard has played regularly with the Spezzati since 2006, serving also as soloist in “The Lark Ascending” and the Mozart A major concerto. Significant solo appearances with other orchestras include performances of the Bruch, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky concertos.

Richard is currently a Research Fellow in the Mathematics Institute at the University of Warwick, working in the calculus of variations and geometric measure theory.