I’m a composer, songwriter, musician. I write contemporary classical and alternative folk music.

People call me Richard. Or Biff.
I don’t mind either way.

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I play guitar and piano, releasing music as Richard J. Birkin, Emphemetry, as part of Crash of Rhinos and previously The Little Explorer.

As a solo artist/composer I’ve made critically-acclaimed albums with the London Contemporary Orchestra (Radiohead, Actress), ISKRA Strings (Johann Johannsson, the xx) and Nils Frahm.

My compositions have been used by Emporio Armani, Paulo Sorrentino (The Young Pope, Loro), BBC (Horizon, The Sky At Night and more), itv, Channel 4, Netflix (Cable Girls), NASA and many others. You’ve probably heard it playing in the background when people cry. Shania Twain, for example.

I record music for TV & Film as part of the Abbey Road Masters team of composers, alongside Michael Price, Samuel Sim, Emilie Levienaise-Farrrouch and more at the legendary Abbey Road Studio 2.

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