Richard Cookson is Principal Viola of the Oxford Philharmonic. Richard studied viola in London, Manchester and Amsterdam under professors including Roger Chase and Erwin Schiffer. His professional life has taken him across globe, working with all the UK’s leading orchestras. He has enjoyed a broad spectrum of music making with groups ranging from the London Sinfonietta to the Michael Nyman Band and as a member of Quartet Pro Arte. Richard has played guest principal for many of London’s chamber and opera orchestras including the Royal Opera House and City of London Sinfonia. As a soloist he has performed with orchestras including European Festival Orchestra, Prima Vera and Sinfonia 21 which was subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He is also busy on the London session circuit playing on soundtracks including James Bond and Lord of the Rings and recording with artists ranging from Sir Paul McCartney to Madonna. Richard plays on a viola by Charles Boullangier, London 1882.