About Richard Durrant

Richard Durrant is a composer and recording artist who defies categorisation. He is one of the leading guitar virtuosos of his generation who, uniquely, performs standing up. He now writes a high proportion of his own concert music. Richard is a passionate supporter of music literacy, especially amongst guitarists.


Richard has performed worldwide. He is celebrated in Paraguay for his playing of the music of Agustin Barrios and his lyrical, virtuosic interpretations of JS Bach’s works, often played on ukulele, have received critical acclaim. Richard has played live sessions on BBC Radios 2, 3, 4 and 6 Music.

In more recent years Richard has worked hard to develop a more environmentally informed approach to performing. He plays an annual, solo British Isles concert tour carrying his instruments on a bicycle and trailer.

For his 2022 tour he cycled from Orkney to Sussex playing 16 concerts along the way.  He regularly performs in cathedrals, concert halls, theatres, churches, forests and fields.

Richard studied guitar, composition and cello at the Royal College of Music between 1981 and 1986.