Richard Groocock was born in 1944 in Dublin. Very early on, he appreciated the sound of his chosen instrument, the cello, which he called a “typical romantic sound which only the horn has as well.”
Already at the age of eight, he came into contact with the cello when his father took him along to an orchestral rehearsal in Dublin. He was later selected for a scholarship to study violoncello with Prof. Arthur Troester at the Academy of Music in Hamburg.
Following completion of his studies, he was appointed solo cellist at the Regensburg Theatre and was then a member of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva for one year. He was assistant solo cellist in the Brunswick State Orchestra from 1976 until his retirement in the spring of 2009. Alongside his main professional orchestral activity in music theatre and symphony concerts, he is involved in chamber music performance and with the “Braunschweiger Salonlöwen,” a popular entertainment orchestra, and he is a much appreciated cello teacher.