Richard Masters Guest Piano Recital
Guest Piano Recital by Virginia Tech Piano Professor, Richard Masters.
The Lord of Salisbury: his pavan, Orlando Gibbons
Fantasie in A Minor (MB 10)
Six Piano Pieces, op. 118, Johannes Brahms
I. Intermezzo. Allegro non assai, ma molto appassionato
II. Intermezzo. Andante teneramente
III. Ballade. Allegro energico
IV. Intermezzo. Allegretto un poco agitato
V. Romance. Andante—Allegretto grazioso
VI. Intermezzo. Andante, largo e mesto
Sonata – world premiere, Benton Hess
Sonata in E-flat, Arnold Bax
Richard Masters is a soloist, opera coach, and conductor based in Blacksburg, VA, where he is an assistant professor of piano and collaborative piano on the music faculty at Virginia Tech's School of Performing Arts. Significant collaborations include concerts with Grammy-winning baritone Donnie Ray Albert, flutist Valerie Coleman, former Juilliard String Quartet violinist Earl Carlyss, saxophonist Harvey Pittel, and under the baton of Lorin Maazel.
Recent performances include recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Schola Cantorum in Paris, Gallery 345 in Toronto, the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library, the Percy Grainger Home and Museum in White Plains, and the San Francisco Conservatory.
As a solo pianist, Masters plays a wide variety of standard and non-traditional repertoire, including contemporary pieces written for or commissioned by him. A strong proponent of contemporary American composers, he has performed world premieres of pieces by Valerie Coleman, Kenneth Frazelle, Jon Jeffrey Grier, David Conte, and many others. He is also an enthusiastic performer of British music from the early 20th century, focusing in particular on the solo piano music of John Ireland. The critic John France wrote on MusicWeb International "Richard Masters approaches [John Ireland's Piano Sonata] with great style and understanding: all the facets of Ireland’s art are present here: ‘…the lyrical, the dramatic, the extrovert and the melancholy – the intense self-questioning and the open, almost naïve, avowals.’" In spring of 2020, he played the U.S. premiere of Arnold Bax’s imposing Piano Sonata in E-flat (1921). Masters’s recording of music by Australian composer Percy Grainger and his British contemporaries is available on Heritage Records.
Masters has written on a variety of topics for publications including The Record Collector, Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal, American Music Teacher, Stage Directors and Choreographers Journal, and Opera Journal. Dr. Masters is a Yamaha Artist. For more information, please visit www.richard-masters.com.