Read a brief history of the cimbalom here:

Richard performs regularly on the cimbalom (Hungary), hackbrett (Germany and Austria), santur (Iran) and the hammered dulcimer (USA). He studied hackbrett-cimbalom with Birgit Stolzenburg at the Richard-Struass-Konservatorium in Munich, Germany. Richard has performed on film scores - most recently, St. Ralph (Alliance Atlantis) - and other recording sessions for the CBC and the European Broadcasting Union. Orchestra and chamber music credits include engagements with: Boston Musica Viva, Esprit Orchestra, New Music Concerts, Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Ergo Ensemble, Array Music, Numus Concerts, Penderecki String Quartet and the Stratford Summer Festival. He has worked with such notable conductors and composers like: Pierre Boulez, George Crumb, Heinz Holliger and has also performed numerous works for cimbalom by the Hungarian composer, Gyorgy Kurtag.

Repertoire for Cimbalom

  • Hary Janos Suite - Zoltan Kodaly
  • Psy - Peter Eotvos
  • Eppure si Muove - Vinko Globokar
  • Scenes from a Novel op.19 - Gyorgy Kurtag
  • Four Capriccios op. 9 - Gyorgy Kurtag
  • Splinters op.6b - Gyorgy Kurtag
  • Eclat - Pierre Boulez
  • Puneiga - Heinz Holliger
  • Messages for orchestra op.34 - Gyorgy Kurtag
  • ...quasi una fantasia... op.27 - Gyorgy Kurtag
  • Ragtime - Igor Stravinsky
  • Rhombos - Yannis Kyriados
  • Lord Of The Rings Symphony - Howard Shore
  • La Passione - Louis Andreissen
  • Renard - Stravinsky
  • Quatre Etudes pour cymbalum et marimba - Bruce Mather

Repertoire for Hackbrett and/or Cimbalom
(solo and chamber)

  • If There Be Butterflies All Around - Barbara Croall
  • Wrinkle - Allison Cameron
  • Kasha - Chris Paul Harman
  • Floating Bog - Rose Bolton
  • Northern Songs - Juhan Puhm
  • Aina Yon Saapuessa - Fredrik Schwenk
  • Corps Secrets - Michael Oesterle