Marietta College hosts pianist Dr. Richard Masters from Virginia Tech on March 25th

Richard Master sitting on stairs

Dr. Richard Masters, who has been praised by critics as being “extraordinary” and “astounding,” will perform at Marietta College’s Alma McDonough Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 25th.

The guest recital, which is sponsored by the College’s Department of Music, is free and open to the public.

Masters is a soloist, opera coach, chamber musician and orchestral pianist based in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he is an assistant professor of piano and collaborative piano on the music faculty at Virginia Tech's School of Performing Arts. 

“We are fortunate to have this opportunity to host a performance by a seasoned performer like Dr. Masters,” said Marshall Kimball, Marietta’s Music Department Chairman. “He performed on campus last year as the accompanist for clarinet instructor, Phillip Paglialonga. We are pleased that he is returning to do a solo piano recital. All of those in attendance will be blessed by his musicality and technique. We hope the community and College students will come out to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”

Masters holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (DMA), the Juilliard School (MM) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (BM).

Significant collaborations include concerts with baritone Donnie Ray Albert, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Findlen, mezzo-soprano Barbara Conrad, and many others. He has appeared with former Boston Symphony principal trombonist Norman Bolter, former Juilliard String Quartet violinist Earl Carlyss, saxophonist Harvey Pittel, and under the baton of Lorin Maazel. Masters has performed solo, chamber and vocal recitals throughout the U.S. and in Europe.

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 Kenneth Frazelle, Charles Nichols, Kent Holliday and many others.