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Richard Thompson

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Richard Thompson is a performer and composer whose work resists a single stylistic category. His pieces combine European and African-American styles,

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Richard Thompson is a performer and composer whose work resists a single stylistic category. His pieces combine European and African-American styles, so that the formal structures of European classical music develop ideas which are essentially jazz in nature. Originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, Mr. Thompson made his debut at the Purcell Room, in the Royal Festival Hall in London. He has appeared in live broadcasts for B.B.C. Jazz and Classical Radio, Italian National Television and Radio and also given concerts at La Piccola Scala in Milan, among many others. His orchestral appearances include The Harlem Festival Orchestra, The Boston Orchestra and Chorale, The Glasgow Chamber Orchestra and The Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra. The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Richard Auldon Clark, with Christine Moore, soprano, gave the world premiere performance in 2000 of Mr. Thompson's song cycle The Shadow of Dawn at Merkin Hall, New York City. The inspiration for this work was the work of African American poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. This cycle, and others of his works, is published by MMB Music of St. Louis. A former faculty member of the Brooklyn Conservatory, Mr. Thompson is currently Assistant Professor of Music at San Diego State University where he teaches jazz performance and history. He performs frequently in both jazz and classical concerts, as a soloist and many chamber groups, including his own jazz quartet, entitled Mirage. Mr. Thompson is currently working on a chamber opera, entitled The Mask in the Mirror, whose subject matter is the courtship and failed marriage of Paul Laurence Dunbar to Alice Ruth Moore. He earned his undergraduate degree in music from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His Masters Degree is from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He also holds a jazz diploma from The Berklee College of Music in Boston.