Richard Ekre Suzzi started his career as a pianist and composer. Today he is specialized at playing the bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) and bringing this instrument into different musical contexts where it’s usually not heard. Richard is working internationally as a musician, composer and teacher, touring and performing in Europe, South-America and South-East Asia.
From 1989 to 2000 he was mainly working as a pianist and keyboard player within the Afro American tradition, such as blues, soul, funk, electric and acoustic jazz. He also performed at more experimental venues, combining contemporary music and more free improvised music. In 1999 he completed his master in western classical composition and piano at the Academy of Music, University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Since then, his compositions are to be heard in films, documentaries, radio broadcasts and on stage in different ensembles and projects.
A passion for the bansuri and North Indian classical music brought him in 2003 to the World Music Academy at the Conservatory of Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and to Mumbai (India) to study with bansuri master Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.
As a musician, with bansuri as his main instrument, he uses his musical background and experience to experiment freely as a musician, bringing the bansuri and his own sound to new musical places. He covers a wide range of music genres, such as North Indian classical music, flamenco, jazz, free improvisation and western contemporary music. Richard is an appreciated teacher. He teaches piano, bansuri flute and gives workshops in improvisation, ensemble, harmony and composition at Rasa Music Academy in Stockholm, (Sweden) and frequently at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, (Sweden) and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (Finland).