Richard Haynes performs music spanning the 18th to 21st centuries all over the world in a multitude of contexts. During the course of undergraduate study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and further study at the University of Arts Bern his teachers included Brian Catchlove, Paul Dean, Ernesto Molinari, Diana Tolmie, Donna Wagner-Molinari and Floyd Williams.
Since his solo debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17 performing the Clarinet Concerto by John Veale, Richard Haynes has performed further concerti by Copland, Mozart, Rankine, Smetanin, Westlake and Xenakis to acclaim, won the title of Australia's Young Performer of the Year and the Australian Art Music Award for Performance of the Year and has received invitations to the academies of Acanthes, Bang on a Can, Darmstadt, Ensemble Modern, impuls and Lucerne Festival. Richard Haynes has maintained regular concert activity in Europe, the USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand over the last 15 years. Richard Haynes is a first prize winner of the Tschumi Music Prize and of the International Concours Nicati Suisse.
Richard Haynes has performed to acclaim at many of the major Australian and European festivals for classical and contemporary music as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, including the international arts festivals of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, Holland Festival, Budapest, Paris and Warsaw Autumn Festivals, MaerzMusik Berlin, Archipel Geneva, Vienna Modern, Salzburg Festspiele and New York's Lincoln Center Festival. He maintains regular concert activity as clarinettist of Ensemble Proton Bern, Manufaktur für Aktuelle Musik, Elision Ensemble, Praesenz and Stroma and is a regular guest performer with Ensemble Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Resonanz and Ensemble Phoenix Basel.
New works for clarinet have been written for and dedicated to him by Trevor Bača, Richard Barrett, Aaron Cassidy, Robert Dahm, Chris Dench, Füsun Köksal, Liza Lim, Timothy McCormack, Michael Norris, Enno Poppe, Nemanja Radivojević, Rebecca Saunders, Dominique Schafer and Jeroen Speak. He has performed in major instrumental, operatic or theatrical works such as CONSTRUCTION and Opening of the Mouth by Richard Barrett, Written on Skin by George Benjamin, EvE & ADINN by Sivan Cohen Elias, BEGEHREN by Beat Furrer, MONDPARSIFAL by Bernhard Lang, Moon Spirit Feasting and The Navigator by Liza Lim, Delusion of the Fury by Harry Partch, Chroma and Stasis by Rebecca Saunders, El Publico by Mauricio Sotelo and KLANG: Die 24 Stunden des Tages by Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Richard Haynes has successfully completed residencies at the UC Berkeley, Canterbury, Griffith, Harvard, Huddersfield, Melbourne, Stanford and Sydney Universities as well as CALarts, New Zealand School of Music and the Hochschule für Musik Stuttgart, during which he has given solo recitals, lectures and provided clarinet and chamber music coaching. He was selected to be the guest soloist in Brian Ferneyhough’s La Chute d’Icare for the programme “Campus Dirigieren” at the Hochschule für Musik Dresden, playing this work with 28 different conductors. Richard Haynes is the returning clarinet professor at the International Summer Academy Masterclass for Contemporary Music in Austria, run by the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.