Richard Jenkinson studied with Florence Hooton and William Pleeth. After winning a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama he studied cello with Raphael Wallfisch and William Pleeth and conducting with Alan Hazeldine and was awarded the Guildhall’s coveted Gold Medal. In 1995 he was awarded a top prize at the Vittorio Gui Chamber Music Competition in Italy
In 1995 Richard became principal ‘cello with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and from 1998-2016 he was principal cello with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Richard joined the Dante String Quartet in 2012.
Richard is Musical Director of several orchestras and will conduct performances of Beethoven 9th Symphony in Worcester Cathedral and Symphony Hall Birmingham and London’s Royal Albert Hall in May 2019.
He is completing a Ph.D on the music of Zoltan Kodaly at the University of Birmingham where he was awarded a Bramall scholarship.