Richard Guérin's principal occupation is running Philip Glass’ record label Orange Mountain Music since 2006. Guérin is also director of Zarathustra Music, a company that represents the recording and publishing interests for Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal.
Guérin believes that artists on all levels of accomplishment deserve thoughtful advocacy. While the majority of his projects are recordings, he also arranges and produces live events such as “Philip Glass – Live from Soho” (iTunes); “Dracula-live to Film” with pianist Michael Riesman, and chamber concerts at the Metropolitan Museum and the Morgan Library in New York among others.
For OMM, Guérin recently produced recordings of Glass’ opera Galileo Galilei with Portland Opera, Cello Concerto No.2 “Naqoyqatsi” with the Cincinnati Symphony, and the forthcoming Koyaanisqatsi live-with orchestra with the New York Philharmonic. For Zarathustra, recent releases include the world premiere recording of Goldenthal’s String Quartet No.1 “The Stone Cutters” and Goldenthal’s Othello Symphony.
In 2012, in celebration of Glass’ 75th birthday, Guérin coordinated a campaign with iTunes around the US Premiere of Glass’ Ninth Symphony premiering at Carnegie Hall. The release work remained on the top of the iTunes Classical charts for weeks, peaking at No.15 on the Pop charts. Apart from music, in 2014 Guérin produced a show of landscape paintings by artist John Carlton McConnell in Boston. Also, in spring 2014 Guérin curated the Pacific Symphony’s American Composers Festival that showcased concert works by famous film composers. The program included Tributes! For Seiji by John Williams, the West Coast premiere of Howard Shore’s cello concerto Mythic Gardens, the world concert premiere of Flight by James Horner and the world premiere of Symphony in G# Minor by Elliot Goldenthal
In addition to his work for Philip Glass, Guérin is working with pianist Gloria Cheng on her new Montage project – a recital and film evening featuring concert works by famous film composers including John Williams, Randy Newman, Alexandre Desplat, Don Davis, Bruce Breoughton and Michael Giacchino. Guérin also represents or works with composers Evan Ziporyn and Giancarlo Vulcano and conductor-producer Michael Riesman. He also books ensembles from Dublin’s Fidelio Trio to the piano duo of Maki Namekawa & Dennis Russell-Davies.
A native of the Boston area, he interned for the Boston Pops Orchestra, worked for Columbia Artists Management, acted as General Manager for Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings Symphony in 2004-05. He has been published by the American Music Center's New Music Box and spoken about concert hall architecture at New York Institute of Technology and Arts Administration at Northeastern University.