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Richard Drehoff Jr. (b. 1991) is a musician intrigued by mathematical patterns, captivated by philosophy’s deepest questions, and fascinated with the relationship between our understandings of musical and extramusical concepts.

Richard’s works have been performed across the US and internationally by the ECCE Ensemble and the New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble. In 2017, he was selected as a composition fellow for the James Tenney Memorial Symposium in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has had the opportunity to work incredible performers and composers of international acclaim.

An active composer and pianist, Richard serves as the managing director of earspace, a North Carolina-based ensemble dedicated to cultivating invigorating, site-specific performances of both modern and past works. Richard also founded the Chapel Hill Contemporary Music Ensemble, which premiered over twenty new compositions during his tenure as conductor.

Richard is currently a student at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, where he’s studied with Felipe Lara and Michael Hersch. He previously attended UNC-Chapel Hill, earning degrees in music and math, working with Stephen R. Anderson, Severine Neff, Allen Anderson, and Lee Weisert.