Richard Causton studied with Roger Marsh at the University of York and with Jeremy Dale Roberts at the Royal College of Music. He has worked with ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken, London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Britten Sinfonia and the Nash Ensemble. His music has been recorded on the NMC, Metier, Delphian and London Sinfonietta labels.
In 1997 he was awarded the Mendelssohn Scholarship, which enabled him to study with Franco Donatoni at the Scuola Civica in Milan. Other distinctions include First Prize in the Third International 'Nuove Sincronie' Composition Competition (for The Persistence of Memory), a British Composer Award (for Seven States of Rain) and a Royal Philharmonic Society Award (for Phoenix). In 2003-5, Causton was Fellow in the Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was appointed House Composer at English National Opera 2012-13.
In addition to composition, Causton writes and lectures on Italian contemporary music (in particular the work of Niccolò Castiglioni) and he regularly broadcasts for Italian radio (RAI Radio 3).
Recent works include the Chamber Symphony, commissioned by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Nocturne for 21 Pianos and Twenty-Seven Heavens, commissioned by the European Union Youth Orchestra as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and premièred at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda.
Causton taught composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire for several years before taking up the newly-created post of Lecturer in Composition at the University of Cambridge in 2012. He lives in East London.