Richard McIntyre, OAM, is considered one of Australia’s leading Chamber and Orchestral instrumentalists of his generation, Richard has enjoyed a long and highly successful career as bassoonist, conductor, educator and arranger. His many and diverse endeavours include 10 years as Associate Principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, nearly 30 years with the extensively-touring, internationally-renowned woodwind quintet The Canberra Wind Soloists, many guest Principal appearances with most of the Symphony Australia orchestras and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, over 40 years as Principal with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and many concerto and recital appearances.
A passionate and dedicated teacher, he was Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University’s School of Music for 35 years; many of his former students have progressed to successful professional careers both within Australia and internationally. At the School, he ran vigorous orchestral development and chamber music programmes, and was an important influence on generations of students over the complete range of instruments and voice. As a conductor, he has worked extensively with Youth and with choirs – both large Oratorio and Chamber – and also in opera and ballet. Work as an arranger has mainly focussed on reductive arrangements of large orchestral works, creating virtuoso repertoire for The Canberra Wind Soloists. His numerous awards include Advance Australia, Canberran of the Year, Sounds Australian, and an Order of Australia Medal (1992).