Richard Haynes performs music spanning the 18th to 21st centuries all over the world in a multitude of contexts: concert, recital, installation, opera, musical, and cross-art forms, performs and improvises with instruments, his body and objects, writes traditional and text-based scores for performance, arranges music for chamber ensembles and translates texts about music and art.
Since performing the clarinet concerti by Copland, Mozart, Rankine, Smetanin, Weber, Westlake and Xenakis to acclaim, winning the title of Australia's Young Performer of the Year (YPA) and the Australian Art Music Award (APRA AMCOS) for Performance of the Year as well as receiving invitations to the academies of Acanthes, Bang on a Can, Darmstadt, Ensemble Modern, impuls and Lucerne Festival, Richard Haynes has maintained regular 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 Concours Nicati, Switzerland.
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 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 and the New Zealand School of Music, 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 was clarinet professor at the 2018 International Summer Academy Masterclass for Contemporary Music in Austria, part of the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.
Supporting and programming contemporary music is an important part of Richard Haynes' work. Through the advisory boards of Ensemble Proton Bern, Pakt Bern and ISCM Bern he is able to further the presentation of new and experimental music and support local artists in Switzerland.