Artistic Director of Music on the Hill, New Zealander Richard Belcher, is a cellist based in Minneapolis, MN. He is the Principal Cellist of ROCO in Houston, Texas, and is a frequent guest performer with both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He was the founding cellist of the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet.
For twenty years he toured regularly with the quartet, both nationally and internationally, appearing in venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and Washington DC's Kennedy Center. Richard has taught and performed at many festivals including St. Bart's, Festival d'Aix en Provence, Prussia Cove, Madeline Island, Campos do Jordao International Winter Festival, SummerFest La Jolla, and the San Miguel Island de Allende International Chamber Music Festival.
Active in period, standard, and contemporary repertoire, Richard has taken part in many live and pre-recorded radio and internet broadcasts in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. He has been a frequent guest on satellite radio SiriusXm. Richard enjoys teaching, and has served as Adjunct Faculty at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.
Richard moved to the United States in 1998 to study with Aldo Parisot at Yale University. He is married to Cecilia Belcher, the Assistant Principal 2nd Violin in the Minnesota Orchestra.