Richard Baker works regularly with the leading composers of our day. Recent engagements include English Touring Opera’s admired 2012 production of Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse and Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe’s 2013 double-bill of Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth and Gerald Barry’s The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit. For the Royal Opera/Opera North/Aldeburgh he has conducted Francisco Coll’s Café Kafka, Elspeth Brooke’s The Commission and Matt Rogers’ The Virtues of Things. He will return to the Royal Opera in May 2015 to conduct the premiere of Philip Venables’ 4:48 Psychosis, a treatment of the final text by Sarah Kane. A respected composer in his own right, Richard studied in the Netherlands with Louis Andriessen and in London with John Woolrich. His second BCMG commission The Tyranny of Fun (2013) was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber-Scale Composition Award in 2014. Current commissions include chamber works for London Sinfonietta, and the Fidelio Trio, in addition to his new work for BCMG.