Richard Ayres (born 29 October 1965, Cornwall) is a British composer and music trainer.
In January 2004, Ayres was appointed as trainer of composition on the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He remained in his place right here till 2006 and now teaches on the Amsterdam Conservatoire.
2008 noticed the premiere of No. 42 In the Alps for soprano and ensemble which was premiered and toured all through the Netherlands by Barbara Hannigan and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. He additionally wrote No. 43 Glorious, a piece for chamber ensemble and movie – a collaboration with film-maker Guy Maddin for the SHIFT Festival in Amsterdam and Canada.
In the orchestral area his No. 37b for orchestra was premiered on the Donaueschingen Musiktage by the SWR Sinfonieorchester Freiburg and Baden-Baden and has since been taken up by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. No. 40 NONcerto for oboe and chamber orchestra was premiered by Baart Schneemann and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra in 2006.
He was Featured Composer on the Huddersfield Festival in 2003 and his music has been heard on the Aldeburgh Festival: his first opera, The Cricket Recovers was premiered there in 2005. It has since had new productions in Stuttgart, Weimar and Braunschweig. His second opera is Peter Pan (Staatsoper Stuttgart/Komische Oper Berlin/Welsh National Opera and Royal Opera House, 2015).
Ayres acquired the Gaudeamus International Composers Award for composition in 1994. His piece No. 31 (for trumpet and ensemble) acquired a suggestion on the UNESCO Rostrum of Composers in Paris in 1999. He acquired the Matthijs Vermeulen Award in 2003.
From 1990 Richard Ayres has labored as composer receiving performances from amongst others the ASKO Ensemble, the Schönberg Ensemble, Ives Ensemble, Orkest de Volharding, Maarten Altena Ensemble, The Netherlands Ballet Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Apartment House, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien, MusikFabrik, Continuum (Canada) in addition to writing for ensembles with extra uncommon instrumentations fashioned for particular tasks.
Born in Cornwall, England, Richard Ayres adopted Morton Feldman’s courses on the Darmstadt and Dartington summer time faculties. He studied composition, digital music, and trombone at Huddersfield Polytechnic till 1989, graduating with distinction in 1989. Since September 1989, Ayres has lived and labored within the Netherlands. He studied postgraduate composition course on the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, finding out with Louis Andriessen, and graduating in 1992.